Varicose veins, pulmonary embolism, and Serena Williams. That is not generally a trio you would commonly associate with each other.
However, the tennis superstar was hospitalized fighting a pulmonary embolism back in 2017.
Luckily, Serena Williams has made a full recovery and is back to dominating the tennis courts, but it had us all wondering about varicose veins, pulmonary embolisms, and if this could happen to us.
A pulmonary embolism generally occurs as a result of deep vein thrombosis.
Typically, a blood clot is formed deep within the veins and eventually travels to a lung where a blockage is created.
If untreated, a pulmonary embolism can cause permanent damage or even death.
Contrary to popular belief, dark veins are not indicative of a serious health condition such as DVT.
In fact, DVT is typically indicated by swelling in the leg accompanied by tenderness, pain or redness.
Blood clots can develop in your veins for many reasons including the following:
In the case of Serena Williams, it appears that her blood clot was a result of an injury paired with a long period of post-surgery recovery.
After an incident where she stepped on a piece of broken glass and lacerated a tendon in her foot, Serena underwent a series of surgeries which left her immobile for a period of time.
Eventually, blood clots were formed which traveled to her lungs leading to a pulmonary embolism.
If you are concerned about vein issues, please do not hesitate to call The Vein Center of Maryland today.
Our team of vein specialists are available to treat any number of vein conditions that you may have including varicose veins, or pulmonary embolisms.
Contact our office online or call The Vein Center of Maryland at (410)970-2314 today to schedule your visit.