It is a known fact that DVT i.e. Deep Vein Thrombosis is common amongst the obese and old age people who have a sedentary lifestyle and do not move around much. People who consume large amounts of fatty food, alcohol, and caffeine, and do not have an exercise routine are highly likely to suffer from deteriorated blood flow.
This compromised blood flow from the limbs back to the heart causes excessive blood pooling and leads to undue pressure on the vein walls thus resulting in severe swelling and unbearable pain. In scenario of delay or lack in treatment, this condition can further progress to the medical disorder called DVT.
DVT is symbolized by the development of blood clots in the deep veins that can break free and travel to other body parts. These blood clots can lead to numerous other health complications and their presence in the heart or lungs is life-threatening for the patient.
DVT has always been associated with inactivity. Patients who have to remain seated for extended durations either on their desk job or on long flights are highly likely to suffer from DVT.
While it is undeniable that overweight people with an unhealthy lifestyle are more probable of developing varicose veins and complain of DVT, it is no longer a rare phenomenon for the young and physically fit people to also be diagnosed with blood clots in their deep veins.
In the recent times, a large number of athletic people who follow a strict fitness regime and are not over 30 years have complained of discomfort that was later on diagnosed to be due to the presence of blood clots in the deep veins.
The popular basketball player Brandon Ingram is no different. He is merely 21 years old and in good shape but had to skip an important basketball tournament due to the extreme pain that he felt on lifting up his arm. The doctors later confirmed it to be because of a blood clot in his arm.
Effort-induced Thrombosis, TOS Explained
DVT is becoming a surprisingly common medical condition among young athletes who play sports that require repeated overhead motions. They are at an alarming risk of “effort-induced thrombosis”.
Although DVT for obese and inactive people is common in the lower body, the upper body DVT is usually associated with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) which is also largely linked with repeated arm movements. TOS compresses the blood vessels in the upper chest which are mainly responsible for supplying blood to the arms.
The basketball player Ingram’s DVT condition was classified as Paget-Schroetter Disease. This is a prevalent medical disorder in young male athletes who perform strenuous activities. This is usually caused by a congenital defect in the collarbone or clavicle.
Due to this abnormality, there is limited blood flow in the upper body and this leads to DVT. TOS can also occur due to repeated sports injury, trauma from a car accident, or an anatomical issue. Patients usually experience swelling and weakness in the arm.
Prevention and Treatment of DVT
As DVT can occur to the young as well as the old, it is necessary for people of all age groups to take the necessary precautions to prevent blood clots and related medical disorders.
The only home remedy to DVT is a healthy lifestyle. You must eat healthy food and exercise every day. Cut down on your caffeine and alcohol intake. Limit the consumption of fatty foods and drink sufficient water throughout the day.
Ensure to take frequent breaks when undertaking long flights or road trips. Always find time to get up, stretch your limbs and walk a little before taking your seat again.
If you have a medical history or family background of DVT, you are more likely of developing DVT than others. Ensure to speak to your vein specialist regarding the precautionary usage of compression stockings that also help ease the early symptoms of mild swelling and pain.
DVT can be easily cured through painless and minimally invasive laser ablation treatment. It is a brief process performed as an outpatient treatment under the influence of local anaesthesia. Patient need not take admission in the hospital and can go back home on the same day.
Dr. Rajah V Koppala is a vascular specialist with over two decades of medical experience and a proven history of successful treatment procedures. He is an internationally qualified and extensively trained laparoscopic surgeon and excels in the laser treatment of varicose veins and DVT.
Patient comfort and satisfaction are his highest priority. He ensures to offer a seamless medical experience to all patients. He only performs the USFDA approved procedures in full compliance with all protocols from the American College of Phlebology.
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