One of the most dangerous forms of vein disease we deal with in our vein practice on Maui and Kauai is called deep vein thrombosis(DVT). This condition occurs when blood clots form in the large, deep veins of the leg. Even if these obstructions stayed where they formed they would be injurious to your overall health because they impair circulation and increase your risk of other diseases. But there is a sadly all-too-common situation in which DVT can actually kill you. Our vein treatment center in Hawaii explains the relationship between vein disease and embolisms.
How a blood clot can become deadly
In medical terms, an embolism is a blockage to a blood vessel caused by a blood clot, fat globule, or other obstruction. If the embolism occurs in the arteries that supply blood to the brain, this can result in a stroke. If the embolism occurs in the lungs, it is referred to as a pulmonary embolism (PE).
The link between vein disease and embolism is so established that doctors use a single abbreviation to refer to the “worst case scenario” that can happen when a blood clot caused by deep vein thrombosis travels through the blood stream to the lungs and causes a pulmonary embolism – DVT/PE. This complication of DVT is so common that it kills an estimated 100,000 Americans every year.
Why it is so important to have a venous health/DVT screening
Unlike varicose veins, which you can often see on the surface of your legs, DVT has few noticeable symptoms. As a result, the biggest risk that you and hundreds of thousands of other Americans face with regard to DVT is that you don’t know whether you have it or not. This is why those seeking a vein treatment center in Hawaii should go to the best vein doctors in Hawaii. At Vein Clinics of Hawaii, we urge all of our patients to have a venous health screening to assess their circulatory health. A staple of care from the best doctors.
The screenings themselves take only about an hour, during which these Maui vein treatment specialists use specialized equipment like Doppler ultrasound to look beneath the surface of the skin for blood clots or other blockages. If any are found, in most cases they can be removed safely and painlessly using minimally invasive methods that are so gentle they don’t even require a local anesthetic.
So yes, there is a strong relationship between vein disease and embolism, but yes, there is also an easy way to protect yourself against it. Just pick up your phone and call our vein treatment center in Hawaii or go online and make an appointment for a screening. You’ll be happy you did.