The blood vessels in the body perform vital roles in the overall wellness of people. They carry nutrients and oxygen to the heart the different tissues in the body. As a result, the cells receive the nourishment they need to produce energy and other things.
Without these blood vessels, the body will not function properly or survive. Unfortunately, various conditions affect the blood vessels. In some cases, the blood vessels clog with fatty plaques in a condition called atherosclerosis, which predisposes a person to heart attack, hypertension or stroke.
May-Thurners disease or syndrome is one of the conditions that may increase the risk of blood clots. Venous insufficiency occurs because the veins become dysfunctional due to blood clots or compression problems.
Here is everything you need to know about this condition.
A result of vein compression
The cause of May-Thurner syndrome is the compression of the left common iliac vein (CIV) on the lumbar vertebrae. It occurs because of the narrowing of the vein that runs from the left leg to the large vein in the abdomen, which goes to the heart.
Can lead to blood clots
One of the complications of May-Thurner syndrome is blood clot formation. This may also result in deep vein thrombosis (DVT), leg pain and swelling. Though DVT is not dangerous and fatal, once the blood clot dislodges and travels to the lungs, heart or brain, it could lead to life-threatening complications like embolism.
May-Thurner syndrome is treatable
There are various treatment options for this condition and they will depend on the symptoms and risk factors of the patient. Some doctors may prescribe blood thinner medicines to prevent blood clots.
In some cases, the patient might need vein stenting, a procedure that utilizes a mesh to restore blood flow to the area by opening the vein.
The blood vessels are essential to the body. Having a disease that affects the circulation may have serious complications. Early diagnosis is important so be sure to consult your doctor whenever you feel pain or swelling in your lower extremities.