Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is when a blood clot forms in a deep vein. The most common place for DVT to occur is in the legs. DVT affect two million Americans each year and is a condition should be taken seriously since blood clots can break loose, lodge in your lungs and block blood flow – this is called a pulmonary embolism. Pulmonary embolism can potentially be fatal. If you suffer from deep vein thrombosis, you can count on our team at Vascular Surgical Associates to help you pursue effective treatment options.
- Leg pain
- Leg swelling
- Changes in skin color (red)
- Skin that feels warm to the touch
Risk Factors for DVT
- Cigarette smoking
- Bedrest or long travel (prolonged period of sitting in one position too long)
- Recent surgery
- Taking birth control pills
- Autoimmune disorders
- Genetic factors that cause blood to clot easier
- Family history
- Venous ultrasound
- CTA (computerized tomographic angiogram) scan
We can offer the following treatment options:
- Anticoagulation (blood thinner): there are many forms of anticoagulation that can be taken (pill, injection, IV).
- Catheter-directed thrombolysis: This procedure applies thrombolytic medication directly to the site of the blood clot. The purpose of this procedure is to rapidly break up the clot.
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To learn more about the various treatment options that are available to you, we encourage you to contact our team at Vascular Surgical Associates.