Lower Extremity Vein Disease

Lower Extremity Vein Disease is a condition presented in two main categories, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Venous Insufffieciency and Vericose Veins.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Deep Vein Thrombosis is a condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein deep inside the body and blocks blood flow. It most commonly occurs in the large veins in the lower leg and thigh.

The symptoms of DVT can be mimicked by other disorders, therefore it is under-diagnosed and under-treated. There may be minor symptoms or none at all. For one half of people with DVT, the symptoms are not quickly diagnosed because symptoms are not clearly recognized. A DVT can occur suddenly with little warning or develop gradually. It is a serious condition that should be treated promptly.

The most common symptoms of DVT are:
  • Sudden swelling in the leg or arm
  • Limb pain or tenderness
  • Pain upon touching the affected area
  • Skin that is overly warm or feverish to the touch
  • Significantly red skin color

Venous Insufffieciency and Vericose Veins

Symptoms:
  • Heaviness & swelling in legs
  • Vericose veins
This condition is often successfully treated without surgery.


If you are experiencing these symptoms, contact a physician immediately. For a physician referral, call 615-284-LIFE.


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