Vein Disorders

What Are the Signs of a Blood Clot?

Deep vein thrombosis - blood disorder abstract. The signs of a blood clot depend on the type of clot and where it forms in your body. Deep vein thrombosis is indicated by clots that are located deep within the veins of your body, and they do not move from that location. An embolism is a clot that has broken free and travels elsewhere in your body, often to the brain or lungs.

The initial signs of a clot are not always obvious:

  •         Swelling
  •         Skin is warm to the touch
  •         Pain and tenderness
  •         Redness

The symptoms above would most commonly appear in the legs, thigh, pelvis, and abdomen. If you have a clot in your leg, the calf of that leg may appear red and swollen when you compare it to your other leg. The skin may feel warm to the touch.

These symptoms could very well be linked to another health issue, so it is important to talk to your doctor if you are concerned. You know your body the best. Seek diagnosis for anything that is concerning or unusual.

More severe symptoms of blood clot are often what set off alarms for the people experiencing them:

  •         Chest pain
  •         Pain when taking a deep breath
  •         Coughing up blood
  •         Rapid heartbeat
  •         Weakness in your limbs or face
  •         Difficulty speaking
  •         Sudden, crushing headache

These symptoms could indicate an embolism or another life-threatening health problem. You should seek emergency medical treatment if you experience them.

Symptoms can be highly variable, and sometimes the person experiencing the symptoms mistakes what they are feeling for something else. It’s important to contact your doctor – or the emergency room, if necessary – if something feels wrong to you. Diagnosing and treating a blood clot early is an important part of avoiding the most severe repercussions.

If you are searching for experienced vascular doctors and vascular surgeons in Riverhead, Port Jefferson, or Hauppauge, NY, please contact Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center to arrange a consultation. For people with blood clots that need to be treated, our experienced doctors utilize effective techniques for the given situation. Treatment may include blood thinners, drugs to remove clots, or surgery to remove clots.

Can I Reverse Peripheral Arterial Disease?

Peripheral artery disease measuring for patient ankle-brachial index (ABI) test limb ischemia Peripheral arterial disease makes walking and physical activity downright painful. You may find that you’ve become far less mobile as the aches and pains of PAD strike every time you walk. Fortunately, treatments exist for your stage of PAD, even if it has progressed to a severe stage. Consult our experienced vascular doctors to find out what your options are for restoring your quality of life and preventing further complications.

Atherosclerosis – the buildup of plaque in the artery walls – cannot necessarily be reversed. There is a little evidence showing that some people are able to reduce a minimal amount of existing plaque with lifestyle changes and medication, but treatment instead focuses on preventing the condition from worsening and restoring your ability to lead an active lifestyle.

Especially in the early stages of PAD, some combination of the following may alleviate symptoms and improve blood circulation to the abdomen and legs:

  •         Quitting smoking and any other tobacco use
  •         Increasing physical activity
  •         Adopting a regular exercise routine
  •         Improving your diet
  •         Taking prescribed medications
  •         Losing weight
  •         Improving diabetes management

Surgical treatment may be the best route if PAD has progressed. You may be living with daily pain, cramping, and aching in your legs, even after you’ve sat down or are resting. The condition may be increasing your risk for heart attack, stroke, loss of the affected limb, and poor wound healing. Our vascular specialists perform modern surgical PAD interventions, including balloon angioplasty and stent placement. We will make sure you know all of the options available to you given the circumstances of your diagnosis.

If you are searching for experienced vascular specialists in Riverhead, Port Jefferson, Hauppauge, or the nearby areas of New York, please contact Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center to arrange a consultation with one of our experienced vascular doctors. We are here to discuss all of your options for treating and slowing the progression of peripheral artery disease.

What Causes Varicose Veins?

iStock 541269710 1 Enlarged, twisted, ropey veins are known as varicose veins. They can occur anywhere in your body but are most often seen in the legs. The source of varicose veins is increased pressure that arises when the blood doesn’t get pumped effectively back toward the heart.

Blood is pumped away from your heart and out to the rest of your body. The blood is recirculated by veins that pump the blood back to your heart. In your legs, the veins have to work against gravity to get the blood flowing up to the heart. Valves in the veins open to allow the blood to pass through and then close to prevent it from flowing backward. When these valves are damaged or weakened, some blood may flow backward and pool in the veins. This pooling of blood increases pressure and pushes against the walls of the vein, which then become visible as bulging, dark, twisted veins beneath your skin.

There are several risk factors that may contribute to the development of varicose veins:

  •         Family history
  •         Obesity or being overweight
  •         Pregnancy
  •         Getting older
  •         Long and repeated periods of standing in one place or sitting

Varicose veins may cause symptoms including pain, throbbing, itching, and the sensation of heaviness in your legs. But some people with this issue experience no symptoms at all other than the cosmetic drawback of dark blue or purple, twisted, visible veins. The pooling of blood may lead to swollen ankles and blood clots. If you are concerned, you should see your doctor who may recommend that you visit one of our vascular specialists. Relief from varicose veins is possible. Not only can you restore the appearance of your legs, but you can also eliminate the health-related issues associated with blood pooling in your veins.

If you are experiencing varicose veins, effective treatment options are available. The next step is to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced vascular surgeons and specialists in Port Jefferson, Hauppauge, or Riverhead, NY. To arrange your visit, please contact us today. We look forward to helping you find relief from varicose veins.

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