Did you know people with varicose veins are five times more likely to develop deep vein thrombosis or blood clots in the legs? DVTs are serious because clots can easily break off and travel to other organs and cause strokes and pulmonary embolisms.
We screen every Medical Vein Clinic patient for DVTs using sophisticated ultrasound technology, and unfortunately, with COVID-19, we see DVTs much more frequently at the clinic. Most common causes are leg injuries, sitting or laying for long periods of time and dehydration. Signs of DVTs are pain and swelling---particularly in one leg and not the other--and what feels like a hard rope inside your leg. If you have those symptoms and experience dizziness or shortness of breath, get to your doctor or ER immediately.