Nearly one million Americans die of cardiovascular-related diseases every year and half of those deaths are caused by vascular conditions outside of the heart, such as in the upper extremities or legs. Early diagnosis is key for effective treatment.
The cardiovascular system is an intricate arrangement of arteries, veins, valves, and pumps that circulate blood and nutrients around the body. Understanding how the heart works and how to keep it healthy can help you improve and maintain good heart health. While some people are at risk of cardiovascular issues due to genetics and family history, there are other factors within our control such as poor diet, smoking, and obesity.
At Center for Vascular Medicine, we are committed to helping each of our patients find the right treatment to alleviate their symptoms and improve their health. Center for Vascular Medicine has seven conveniently located centers throughout Maryland.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot has formed deep in the vein. If patients do develop DVT, it normally occurs in the legs, though it may occur anywhere in the body. When a blood clot breaks off and travel to other parts of the body, patients can experience some serious health concerns. If you suspect you may have DVT, please contact your doctor as soon as possible.
Complications of DVT may include:
- Leg pain
- Fatigue when walking
- Difficulty standing or sitting for extended periods of time
- Non-healing wounds (ulcers)
- Critical limb ischemia – an extreme condition caused by insufficient blood flow that may eventually require amputation
- Stroke – 3X more likely in patients with P.A.D.