Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition in which a blood clot forms inside a vein deep within the body. It is a condition that requires vigilance from the patient.
Usually forming in the lower leg, deep vein thrombosis can block significant blood flow throughout the body. If you suffer from DVT you need to see a medical professional immediately, as it could lead to a more serious condition called Pulmonary Embolism (PE). This occurs when the blood clot travels to an artery in your lungs and can even prove fatal.
What are the symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis?
The first symptom of deep vein thrombosis will often be a throbbing pain or soreness in the area where the blood clot is located. You may also experience swelling, warmth and redness around the location of the clot, as well as leg cramps – often starting in the calf.
How is Deep Vein Thrombosis diagnosed?
If you are experiencing any combination of the above concerns or suspect you have DVT, you should contact a physician immediately. However, you should also know that only about half of those diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis experience any symptoms, so it’s crucial to have regular screenings if you’re at risk for vascular issues.
What causes Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Lack of motion can be a big factor in forming a blood clot, as this promotes sluggish blood flow. Long bed rest following surgery, for instance, increases the risk. Certain medications and injuries to a vein may also increase the risk for DVT.
How we treat Deep Vein Thrombosis
We utilize Duplex ultrasound – a non-invasive method of identifying blood clots. In the event of a positive diagnosis, there are several treatment options to discuss with your physician. They include:
- Anti-coagulant medications and medical grade compression stockings
- Catheter-directed thrombolysis and/or percutaneous mechanical thrombectomy
- Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filter placement and retrieval
The board-certified surgeons at Longstreet Clinic Vascular & Vein are specially trained to treat this and other diseases of the vascular system (arteries and veins). If you suspect that you’re experiencing a blood clot, call your doctor immediately.
If you display any of the symptoms previously discussed, it is important that you consult a physician to prevent risk of more serious complications such as pulmonary embolism.
Call 678-207-4000 for more information.