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Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a serious medical problem in which a blood clot develops or even blocks a blood vessel deep within the tissue. Specifically, DVTs develop in veins, which are the blood vessels that carry blood from the far reaches of your body back to your heart. You are most likely to develop these blood clots in your thigh, pelvis or lower leg, but dangerous DVTs can also form in your arm.
Also known as venous thromboembolism, DVT is common. Scientists do not know exactly how many people develop DVT each year, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that these blood clots could affect as many as 900,000 people in the United States each year, which works out to about 1 to 2 people out of every 1,000 Americans.
While anyone can develop DVT, some factors can increase the risk of developing this type of vein blood clots. These risk factors include:
Venous thromboembolism can be life threatening, especially when the blood clot breaks free from its location. Once loose, the blood clot can travel into the right side of the heart and then into a lung, in a condition known as pulmonary embolism. The clot can prevent blood from flowing into the lung, which is life threatening.
Approximately 60,000 to 100,000 Americans die of DVT/PE, and 10 to 30 percent of those with DVT/PE will die within a month of receiving their diagnosis. Many patients do not realize they have a pulmonary embolism – only about half experience symptoms, according to the CDC. In fact, sudden death is the first symptom in about one-quarter of those with PE.
About one-third of those with DVT will have long-term complications, known as post-thrombotic syndrome. These complications can include pain, swelling, discoloration, and scaling of the skin in the affected limb. Blood clots can also cause chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), a disease in which the veins do not work properly.
Anyone can develop venous thromboembolism, so it is important to know the symptoms of DVT. When symptoms occur, they can include:
However, sometimes people may not experience symptoms that give warning signs of when to see a doctor.
Only a doctor has the tools and education to diagnose deep vein thrombosis, as other conditions can present signs and symptoms similar to DVT.
Physicians diagnose DVT and rule out other conditions by taking a detailed history, performing a physical exam, and doing a venous ultrasound or other tests. Doctors consider the patient’s age, whether swelling is present and if that swelling is getting better or worse, the patient’s mobility, and if the patient has a family history of blood clots or a personal history of previous DVTs, blood clots, cancer, injury, stroke, or surgery.
Next, doctors perform a physical exam of the legs. They look for signs of swelling, the presence of visible varicose veins, tenderness of the calf or thigh, skin redness, or signs of chronic venous insufficiency.
Physicians then perform a venous ultrasound, which is a non-invasive imaging test that can help doctors determine if a clot is present inside the vein. Doctors prescribe deep vein thrombosis treatment based on what they find in the patient’s history, exam, and ultrasound.
Medical treatment, along with the body’s own healing process, can cure deep vein thrombosis.
Treatment for deep vein thrombosis typically involves medications, the use of compression stockings, and lifestyle changes. DVT treatment may sometimes involve the surgical placement of a special filter in the vein just below the heart, which prevents clots from moving into the lungs. Doctors may even recommend thrombolysis, a surgical procedure in which the surgeon threads a catheter through the vein into the clot, and then inject drugs that dissolve the clot; the surgeon may use a tool to vacuum out the clot, and insert a balloon or stent to hold the treated vein open.
Doctors treat blood clots with blood thinning medication, known as anticoagulants, which decrease your blood’s ability to clot. These anticoagulants, such as Heparin, Lovenox, Eliquis, Xarelto and Coumadin, can also prevent new clots from forming. However, these “blood thinners” do not immediately break up existing clots – only thrombolysis and the body’s natural systems can dissolve blood clots. Most patients with a first-time DVT are on anticoagulants for three months; some patients need to stay on anticoagulation therapy for life to prevent the development of more blood clots.
Doctors frequently recommend the use of compression stockings that squeeze the calf to promote blood flow, which can help stop new blood clots from forming. Lifestyle changes include increasing exercise to stimulate circulation and prevent the formation of new clots.
The best treatment for deep vein thrombosis depends on a variety of factors, such as the severity and location of the blood clots, and your personal health history. Finding the right vein treatment is as easy as getting a recommendation from a qualified vein doctor.
For more information about venous thromboembolism, consult with a Vein911 Vein Treatment Center Florida vein doctor about diagnosing and treating deep vein thrombosis.
Everyone has experienced blood clots–clotting is the process that stops bleeding from a cut or injury. If your blood does not clot properly, for instance, if you suffer from hemophilia, you could be in danger after even a minor injury. Clots under the skin cause bruising, again, a natural part of healing that typically doesn’t require vein treatment. Whether blood clots are good or bad depends upon where they occur, and if they break down properly to be reabsorbed by the body. We’ll discuss which type of blood clots are emergencies that can cause strokes, seizures, heart attacks and more.
Perhaps the worst place to suffer a blood clot can be inside a deep vein because clots here can be health threats if they stay in place, (becoming a DVT or deep vein thrombosis) or if they break away from their initial site and travel to the vital organs. If a clot travels to the brain, it can cause a stroke, and common after-effects of a stroke include seizures.
Clots are also part of the bulging and discoloration that you see if you have varicose veins. These visible blood clots are in superficial veins and are not normally dangerous. However, they can signal more serious veins disease and also cause unpleasant symptoms. Preserve your health by seeking treatment for any type of blood clot or bruise that won’t heal at your Tampa vein clinic. In the case of a deep vein clot (or thrombosis) with DVT symptoms, or signs of a stroke or seizure–seek emergency room treatment.
A seizure is a kind of electrical power surge in the brain. This electrical brain signal overload brings about convulsions or sudden, uncontrolled muscle spasms (which are visible signs of a seizure). One of the most common causes of seizure is a stroke. A stroke is a case of interrupted blood supply to the brain–often arising from a deep blood clot that travels toward the brain and lodges there. So blood clots can cause seizures (disruption of electrical signals in the brain) indirectly.
Watch for these signs of a dangerous, deep blood clot:
Signs of the clot has traveled and caused a blockage in a lung artery (pulmonary embolism). This is a medical emergency–go to the emergency room immediately:
If you have varicose veins or concerns about blood clots, contact Dr. Chris Pittman and his team at Vein911 in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Largo or Palm Harbor. Call us at 855-396-9911 today.
A patient with a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) has a blood clot that has formed in a vein deep within the body. This is a medical emergency.
The potential danger of a DVT is a pulmonary embolism. This occurs when a blood clot breaks loose, moves through the circulatory system, and lodges in blood vessels in the lung. Understanding more about this condition and its risk factors could save a life.
Healthcare providers refer to a DVT by several names. One of the most common is venous thrombosis. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, DVTs can occur anywhere in the body but are most common in the lower leg or the thigh.
A loose clot is an embolus. When it lodges in a vessel in the lungs and blocks blood flow, the result is a pulmonary embolism or PE. Physicians consider PEs extremely serious because they can damage the lungs as well as other organs and are potentially fatal.
Physicians who treat vein disease diagnose and treat DVTs.
The more risk factors that are present, the greater the chance that a patient will develop a DVT. Factors that elevate risk include:
An ultrasound exam, a specific blood test, venography, and MRI or CT scans are all tools vein specialists use to make a DVT diagnosis in addition to a physical exam. After a positive diagnosis, physicians will recommend lifetime patient monitoring for DVTs and other vein disease issues.
The goal of DVT treatment is preventing a clot from enlarging or breaking away to cause a PE. After a successful outcome, the objective becomes lowering the risk of another DVT. Treatment options include blood thinners taken orally or by injection, clot busters administered via IV or catheter, a vena cava filter, and/or wearing compression stockings.
After a DVT, a patient needs to monitor his or her diet, be alert for excessive bleeding, and make frequent contact with the treating physician. Experiencing plenty of physical movement, especially after surgery or bed rest, is also important.
Did you know March is national Deep-Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month? Deep-Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month a public health initiative aimed at raising awareness of this commonly occurring medical condition and its potentially fatal complication, pulmonary embolism.
Dr. Pittman appeared on The Balancing Act to discuss the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Learn more by watching the video below:
Deep vein thrombosis and cancer are two separate conditions that can lead to serious complications. However, although these conditions may seem unrelated at first, they actually share a two-way connection. Having cancer can raise a patient’s risk of developing a DVT. Likewise, having a DVT increases the likelihood that a patient will be diagnosed with cancer.
DVT is a clot that forms in a deep vein, usually in the legs. DVT is dangerous because the clot can break away and travel to the lungs or heart, causing potentially life-threatening consequences. Cancer, on the other hand, is a condition that develops when abnormal cells multiply and invade healthy tissue.
When you are healthy, your body can usually prevent your blood from forming clots when it isn’t supposed to. However, when you have cancer, the abnormal cells can trigger swelling and increase the risk of clots. In addition, cancerous tumors also produce certain chemicals that may contribute to clotting. In some cases, these blood clots may form even before the patient knows he or she has cancer.
The treatments your doctor prescribes to treat cancer may also contribute to the risk of DVT. Certain chemotherapy medications may lower the levels of specific proteins in your blood that are responsible for preventing the formation of clots. These medications may also damage your blood vessels. In addition, if your cancer requires you to have surgery, your risk of developing a blood clot may increase further.
If you have had DVT, you are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer. However, researchers don’t believe that DVT actually causes cancer. In many cases, DVT is simply one of the first symptoms of a cancer that has already developed.
Whether or not you have been diagnosed with cancer, you should do what you can to prevent DVT, especially if you have other risk factors that make this condition more likely. The potential for complications with this condition is high, so preventing these clots from forming in the first place is best. To prevent DVT, you shouldn’t spend too much time sitting or standing in one position, as this can make clotting more likely. You should also lose any excess weight and quit smoking if you are a smoker.
If you are already experiencing the symptoms of DVT, or if you suffer from varicose veins, effective vein treatment options are available. Please contact Vein911 today to schedule a consultation with an experienced vein doctor.