As a Board-Certified member of the American College of Phlebology, Dr. Randy Waterford of Waterford Vein Institute of Hawaii again reminds you that March is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Month.

Here are some important facts that you should know about the risks of DVT and other vein disorders:

  • DVT is the formation of a blood clot in a deep vein. It’s most common in the legs and can cause partial or complete blockage of your circulation.
  • Approximately 250 people die daily from blood clots that travel to your lungs.
  • Deep vein clots commonly lead to long-term leg problems. These can include ulcerations, skin damage and swelling.
  • Clots typically can occur during periods of inactivity. Be aware of this during long plane rides or if you’re ill in bed.
  • Visible signs of vein disease can include varicose veins, spider veins, and open leg sores.
  • Vein disease can sometimes cause painful legs, aching legs, tired legs, heavy-feeling legs, swelling and cramping, and even restless legs at night.
  • Your life can be saved when your doctor determines that you have deep veins clots and they’re treated early after diagnosis with blood thinners.

Dr. Waterford, as a vein care practitioner and phlebologist, is specifically qualified to assess you for any signs of Deep Vein Thrombosis so that he can determine your possible risks for vein disease.

For more information about DVT or for any questions about vein disease, please call Waterford Vein Institute of Hawaii today at (808) 871-VEIN (8346) or take this online vein self-assessment.