Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is the formation of a blood clot in the deep veins of the legs that is caused by poor circulation. People who develop DVT and do not go to a Chicago vein expert for treatment are at risk of developing a serious complication called pulmonary embolism. This condition results when a blood clot travels through the veins to your lungs and blocks the blood flow. Once a pulmonary embolism occurs, it can be fatal. This is why it is so important to recognize the symptoms of DVT and get treatment before it becomes life-threatening. DVT can also cause damage to the veins that results in post thrombotic syndrome which may be accompanied by skin sores or discoloration, pain, and/or swelling in the legs and ankles.
When to see a Chicago vein expert
DVT usually causes swelling only in the affected leg, and it may be accompanied by a cramping or soreness in the calf. The only way to be certain of what is causing these symptoms is to get them diagnosed by a varicose vein doctor in Chicago who specializes in treating this type of condition. Since some people never experience symptoms of DVT, it is also important to recognize the warning signs of pulmonary embolism. These include feeling lightheaded or dizzy and a sudden onset of shortness of breath. You may have chest pain that becomes more severe with deep breaths or when you cough. Other symptoms include a rapid pulse, coughing up blood, or fainting. If you have any of these symptoms, seek emergency medical attention immediately.
Varicose vein treatment in Chicago: the best prevention for DVT
Getting varicose vein treatment early on can help prevent additional damage to your veins and reduce your risk of developing DVT and pulmonary embolism. Dr. Ramon Castro is a highly respected varicose vein doctor in Chicago who uses the most advanced diagnostic equipment to evaluate the function of your veins. Contact us at 773-283-7887 or go online to schedule a consultation before you have the chance to develop a vein condition that is much more serious.