Deep Vein Thrombosis
Do you have unexplained discomfort in your legs? Maybe swelling or some discoloration? Don’t suffer in silence.
Our team of healthcare professionals can help make sense of your symptoms and tailor a treatment plan to your individual needs. Together, we can build a treatment plan for better health.
What is DVT?
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is the formation of blood clots in the deeper and larger veins in the body. Most commonly, DVT will occur in the lower limbs, but it can also affect the ovarian veins and the arms.
Does this sound familiar? You’ve made multiple trips to your doctor’s office. You feel like your symptoms are getting worse, and include more pain, swelling and discoloration. You’ve even wound up in the emergency room.
Let us help stop that revolving door.
Our goal is the same as yours: Improving quality of life.
We can offer you several options for treating DVT.
Anti-coagulant medications like Coumadin and heparin are the first line of defense to prevent DVT from worsening. Further treatment may be needed to dissolve clots depending on the severity of your condition.
If the clot is acute, and newer, it can be removed. If the underlying clot is more chronic, and older, the veins can be opened to restore blood flow and decrease the swelling and pain.
DVT Risk Factors
If you are suffering with DVT, you may have one or more risk factors. They include:
- Immobility. Being on bed rest or sitting for an extended period are common culprits.
- Genetic predisposition.
- Medications like steroids or hormones.
- Trauma to the leg, ankle or foot.
- Age. Men and women over age 60 are at greater risk.
Beyond deep vein thrombosis, you could also be at risk for pulmonary embolism (PE). With this condition, a portion of the blood clot breaks loose from your leg and travels through the body to the heart and lungs. This clot can block your pulmonary artery
and obstruct blood flow.
Make sure you know the signs, which include shortness of breath, cardiac arrhythmias and other symptoms.