Who is at Risk for Thrombophlebitis?
- Posted on: Apr 15 2017
Phlebitis is a term for vein inflammation, which can happen on the surface of your veins or deep within them. When phlebitis occurs on the vein’s surface, it’s typically not a serious matter and will resolve itself with the proper care. However, if the large blood vessels that are deep in the legs are affected, it’s a more serious condition called thrombophlebitis, in which large blood clots form and threaten to travel to the lungs. If this happens, it can cause a pulmonary embolism which can cause serious medical issues and even death.
At risk of thrombophlebitis if you can identify with any of these issues:
- Hormone therapy. Women you take birth control pills, undergo hormone therapy or are pregnant are at increased risk for thrombophlebitis. And smoking cigarettes in combination with any of these ups your chances even more.
- Surgery. Individuals who’ve recently had surgery are at increased risk for thrombophlebitis, with the tendency to be even higher in patients who’ve had surgery for cancer or an orthopedic procedure.
- Being immobile. The muscles in your lower legs work to pump blood stored in your veins toward your heart. When you’re immobile for a long period due to obesity, long plane trips, or extended car rides, your veins aren’t getting the flow of blood they need, which can lead to blood clots and, in time, thrombophlebitis.
- Injury or trauma. If you experience injury or trauma like a significant blow to your leg or arm, your underlying veins can become injured and cause redness, swelling, and pain. When there is trauma to your vein, blood flow to the injured area increases, which may cause a blood clot to form in that specific area.
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For more information about detecting and treating vein inflammation, contact Vena Health & Wellness at 412-741-0480. We have offices in Sewickley, Beaver, Grove City and Cranberry, Pennsylvania. We look forward to hearing from you!
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