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Deep Vein Thrombosis Screenings in El Paso

Deep vein thrombosis is a serious issue that can often go unnoticed. If you suspect you may have an issue, you should opt to be screened for it. El Paso Varicose Veins Laser Clinic offers screenings to check for deep vein thrombosis, so you can get it treated right away.

What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot that happens in a deep vein. Sometimes, people experience pain from the clot and the skin around it can discolor, usually turning dark shades of red and purple. People may also experience swelling in the leg with the clot. When the condition becomes severe, the leg may noticeably swell larger than the other. Often, though, many people don’t experience any symptoms and don’t learn about the clot until it becomes severe or they receive a screening for something else and it is accidentally discovered.

However, just because you experience these symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean you have deep vein thrombosis. Oftentimes, physicians will evaluate your symptoms while also analyzing any known risk factors you may have, such as:

  • Certain cancers, like pancreatic cancer or lymphoma
  • Old age
  • Recent major surgery
  • HIV
  • Having a blood type other than Type O
  • Undergoing hormonal replacement therapy
  • Intravenous drug use

This isn’t a comprehensive list, but just a few things to know that a doctor might look for during his or her diagnosis. While you may be asymptomatic, it’s important to take care of deep vein thrombosis right away.

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How Does a Screening Check for a Clot?

During a screening, a physician will check for a clot in your leg using an ultrasound device. If you have certain conditions, a physician may decide to do a D-dimer test, which looks for a D-dimer, a kind of protein that is present in your blood when there is a blood clot. Regardless, getting screened early on will help to resolve the issue and get you back on track for a healthier lifestyle.

Why is Deep Vein Thrombosis Dangerous?

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At El Paso Varicose Veins Laser Clinic, we understand that varicose veins often cause deep vein thrombosis, which is why in addition to vein treatments, we also perform deep vein thrombosis screenings. Call today!