Understanding the Risk Factors for Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a serious condition that requires medical attention. Also referred to as blood clots, DVTs are most common in the legs and can quickly become life-threatening if not treated. Understanding the symptoms of DVT as well as your risk factors may help motivate you to seek care before an emergency develops.

Dr. Farouk Marzouk is a top-rated vascular surgeon who specializes in diagnosing and treating conditions that affect your blood vessels, including DVT. He is also passionate about providing the information you need to make healthy choices about your physical well-being.

Read what Dr. Marzouk, who leads our team here at Frontier Medical Care in the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn, New York, has to say about DVT, and why it’s important to know your risk factors.

What is a risk factor?

In medicine, a risk factor is anything that increases your chance of developing a certain disease or condition. Some of these factors are inherited, which you can’t control, while others are related to environment and habits. Obesity, for instance, is a risk factor for developing Type 2 diabetes.

A positive risk factor does not mean you will definitely develop a specific condition, nor does the absence of a risk factor guarantee you won’t. You can, however, significantly reduce your risk of developing conditions like Type 2 diabetes by managing your weight through healthy nutrition and exercise or taking other preventive steps to protect your health.

Dr. Marzouk also uses information about your risk factors to help identify potential problems, such as blood clots, during a physical exam and/or diagnostic testing. Knowing your risk factors may also prompt you to seek appropriate care for symptoms you’re experiencing.

What are the risk factors for DVT?

Factors that increase your risk of developing a DVT include:

Once you’ve identified your risk factors, it’s also important to understand the symptoms of DVT.

What are the symptoms of DVT?

DVTs are most common in the legs and can include symptoms such as:

It’s important to note that DVT may also occur without any symptoms.

One significant complication of DVT is pulmonary embolism (PE), which can occur when the clot breaks away and lodges in an artery in the lungs.

Symptoms of PE include:

DVT and complications such as PE are a serious threat to your health and require prompt medical attention.

For an accurate assessment of your risk factors for DVT and outstanding medical care that focuses on your vascular health, schedule a visit with Dr. Marzouk at Frontier Medical Care today. You can use our online booking tool right now or give our office a call.

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