At SIVC, March Is Deep-Vein Thrombosis Month

Every year, March is national Deep-Vein Thrombosis Month. Your experienced vein specialists at Southern Illinois Vein Center want you to know about this commonly occurring condition and its potentially fatal complication — pulmonary embolism.

A few facts from the American Heart Association:

  • Up to 2 million Americans are affected annually by DVT, more commonly known as blood clots.
  • However, 74% of Americans have little or no awareness of DVT.
  • Everyone should be aware of the signs, symptoms, and risk factors of DVT.

Don’t Ignore These DVT Symptoms.
Among the various symptoms of DVT are swelling, pain, discoloration and abnormally hot skin at the affected area. However, it’s important to note that nearly half of DVT episodes have minimal, if any, symptoms, so these “silent” afflictions are particularly worrisome. The most accurate ways to diagnose DVT are through venous ultrasound, venography and Impedance plethysmography — detection via electrodes and blood pressure cuff placed on the patient’s calf and thigh. For more info about DVT, visit the American Heart Association website.

Questions About Vein Disease?
If you happen to have throbbing, painful, swollen or unsightly varicose veins, you may have vein disease (venous reflux). Call our office today at (618) 998-VEIN (8346) to make an appointment for an ultrasound exam to determine the extent of your venous reflux. But if you think you are concerned about DVT symptoms, please call us today.

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