Blood clots pose many different risks to your veins, and disregarding them can result in you experiencing long-term, even lifelong symptoms.
While more than half of those diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can completely recover, as much as 40% of sufferers still deal with a wide array of symptoms, many years into the disease. Also, because deep vein thrombosis complications aren’t limited to just pulmonary embolism, you should seek treatment as soon as possible.
The debilitating complications
Collectively called post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS) the symptoms that come with these complications could cause pain so severe that it may even result in debilitation. In the United States, many as 330,000 people suffer from it.
Indications include pain, swelling, cramping, heaviness, discoloration, and redness of the affected area. Most sufferers also develop varicose veins, eczema, or dry skin. Another common sign includes bluish fingers and/or toes.
These may even worsen when the smaller veins no longer have the ability to get bigger for them to drain the pooled up blood. Left untreated, it can develop into a much more severe case, increasing the risk of chronic and difficult-to-treat sores and ulcers.
About 5% to 10% of the population that has post-thrombotic syndrome is at risk of these complications. And as for patients with DVT affecting their arms, around 15% of them can develop to post-thrombotic syndrome.
Keeping DVT at bay means preventing PTS
Lowering your risk of suffering from the lifelong post-thrombotic syndrome starts with treating DVT. You should take your prescribed medications, according to your doctor’s advice. Also, you should also invest in fitted compression stockings, garments that help improve blood flow while standing or sitting.
Deep vein thrombosis can negatively alter your life, but with today’s innovative technology, treatment has become more efficient and powerful, allowing patients to get back on their feet.