Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis: Expert Insights from Western Vascular Institute

Western Vascular Institute was featured on KTAR News highlighting the importance of movement to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a serious medical condition where blood clots form in deep veins, often in the legs. Dr. Henry Tarlian, a Vascular Surgeon at Western Vascular Institute, emphasizes the life-threatening nature of DVT and the necessity of medication to dissolve clots and prevent their migration to the lungs.

Various factors contribute to the risk of DVT, including lifestyle choices like smoking, obesity, sedentary jobs, leg crossing, and extended periods of immobility. Additionally, hormonal changes from pregnancy or birth control pills, advancing age, and genetic predisposition also increase susceptibility to DVT.

Symptoms of DVT may include pain, swelling, redness, or tenderness in the leg or arm, although half of those affected may not display symptoms. Furthermore, if a clot reaches the lungs, it can lead to a pulmonary embolism, presenting symptoms like chest pain, difficulty breathing, or coughing up blood.

Western Vascular Institute offers information and appointments for individuals concerned about DVT, underscoring the importance of seeking professional guidance for this potentially life-threatening condition.