Deep vein thrombosis / DVT / Traveler's Thrombosis

During the Traveling and Holiday Season, we want you to be prepared for the possibel risks involved in developing a Deep Vein Thrombosis.

Be aware of DVT/PE risk factors.

Risk factors include:
· Birth control pills/hormone replacement therapy
· Pregnancy/recent childbirth (6 weeks)
· Overweight/obesity
· Inactivity
· Prolonged bed rest
· Cancer patients
· Recent injury/surgery/fracture
· Family/patient history of DVT/PE
· Patient history of myocardial infarction or stroke
· Age > 40 · Autoimmune disorders (e.g., lupus)
· Genetic coagulation disorders
· Varicose veins
· Heart or respiratory failure
· Inflammatory bowel disease
· Long plane flight or car trip
· Smoking
· Central venous catheterization

Be aware of signs and symptoms of DVT and a more severe complications call Pulmonary Embolism. *

· Pain and swelling of lower extremity
· Skin warmth/redness
· Chest pain
· Coughing up blood
· Fainting/feeling light headed
· Feelings of anxiety/restlessness
· Rapid pulse
· Shortness of breath
· Sweating

* Note: Symptoms are not present in as many as 50% of DVT cases

If you beleive that you are affected by any of the following symptoms seek medical attenion immediately at the closest hospital emergenecy room.   

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists