Understanding Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
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When a blood clot happens in one or more of the deep veins in your body, it’s called deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The most common symptoms are pain, swelling, and tenderness in the affected leg and red and abnormal coloring of the skin.
At Texas Endovascular, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of DVT and other deep venous diseases.
Here, you can learn more about DVT, including common signs and symptoms, treatment options, and next steps.
What is deep vein thrombosis?
Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is a severe health condition that occurs when a blood clot forms within a deep vein in your body.
By definition, a thrombus, or blood clot, is a solid mass of blood that forms when protein, platelets, and cells clump together in the bloodstream.
In most cases, DVT blood clots form in your thigh or lower leg but can be found in other parts of your body.
Additional terms for DVT include thromboembolism or post-thrombotic syndrome.
Causes of Deep Vein Thrombosis
DVT is caused by a blood clot in the leg or other extremity. The blood clot prevents sufficient blood supply and circulation to the affected leg.
Reasons for blood clot formation vary, but are often due to:
- reduced mobility, especially long periods of sitting
- certain medications
DVT Signs and Symptoms
According to the CDC, only half of those with DVT experience any telling symptoms.
Those who do may experience:
- swelling in the foot, ankle, or leg (typically on one side)
- cramping in the calf of the affected leg
- severe and unexplained pain in the foot or ankle
- an area of skin that is warm to the touch
- skin discoloration or paleness over the affected area
In rare cases of people with upper extremity DVT, symptoms could include:
- neck or shoulder pain
- swelling in the arm or hand
- skin discoloration
- pain in the arm, especially the forearm
- hand weakness
Many people do not realize they have DVT until they are being treated for a more serious, yet associated complication such as a pulmonary embolism.
Treating Blood Clots in the Leg
One of the main goals of DVT treatment is to keep the blood clot from growing while reducing the risk of more serious complications and additional clots from forming.
Blood-thinning medication may be prescribed. Patients may also be required to wear compression stockings.
In more severe DVT cases that include large blood clots, patients may undergo angioplasty to remove a blood clot.
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If you believe you have DVT or are experiencing symptoms consistent with the condition, you should seek medical treatment right away.
Our vein specialists at Texas Endovascular are experienced in diagnosing, treating, and preventing DVT blood clots and other vein diseases. To learn more about DVT or to schedule a consultation, contact uscontact uscontact us today.