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Wednesday 14 November 2018
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Chronic deep vein thrombosis

Chronic deep vein thrombosis

The legs in the human body have dense connection with nerves and tissues that make it function as it’s supposed to. But then due to some abnormal functionality of the human body, there are clots that start to form in the deeper veins in the legs that make the block the flow of blood and other circulation of necessary fluids in the legs causing pain, swelling and other agony symptoms. Such kind of a development in the body is known as deep vein thrombosis and if this becomes much more fatal then it is known as acute deep vein thrombosis. It’s quite common as around 2.5 million people in the US alone develop deep vein thrombosis. So now that we know as to what chronic deep vein thrombosis actually is, let’s dig deeper into the subject to find out more.

Causes

There is no apparent reason as to why there might be blood clots to form in the deep veins of the body. But some of the primary reason as to why it might happen in the body is given below.

  • Development of cancer
  • Intake of birth control pills
  • Bone fracture
  • Having surgery in the hip or leg
  • Trauma
  • Pregnancy

Risk factors

There are certain factors that increase the chances of the person having chronic deep vein thrombosis. Not necessarily cause it but increase your chances slightly higher. Some of which are given below.

  • Possessing a type, a blood group
  • Ageing after 60
  • Heredity
  • Being obese
  • Having a family history of blood clots
  • People diagnosed with cancer
  • People who are under the influence of birth control pills
  • Smoking
  • Heart failure
  • Driving for really long periods without any movement of legs

Symptoms Deep vein thrombosis occurs without any sort of symptoms at all. But this only happens 50% of the times. If you are diagnosed with chronic deep vein thrombosis then the following symptoms might be evident.

  • Swelling in both the legs or one leg depending upon the formation of the blood clot
  • Colour of the skin turning bluish or reddish
  • The skin becoming warm
  • Acute pain in one or both the legs

Precautionary measures

There are certain ways by which you can actually prevent chronic deep vein thrombosis to occur in you. Some of which are given below.

Have physical exercises – making sure that the body is put to work and having a regular working out regime keep the body free from having any sort of blood clots. This is really important for the people who have the long journey without any movement of the legs.

Adopt lifestyle changes – quit smoking and make sure that you consume alcohol in a limited quantity.  Also, have a balanced diet such that all the vitamins and minerals are given to the body for proper functionality.

Follow regular movement and avoid being still– make sure that your body is kept in constant motion one way or the other. If kept still, then there might be a numb feeling and if this feeling happens quite frequently then deep vein thrombosis might be indicated.