What is Deep Vein Thrombosis
Have you noticed swelling in your leg or pain in the leg which was brought on suddenly and is not resolving? If so you may have Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT.
What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Also known as DVT, Deep Vein Thrombosis is a condition in which a blood clot is formed in one or more veins in your body. These often occur within the lower leg or thigh region, and can show redness or discoloration of the skin on the leg.
The blood clots that occur can be very dangerous. If untreated, they can become loose, travel through the bloodstream, into the blood vessels of the lungs, known as pulmonary embolis. This has the potential to be life threatening by causing cardiac arrest.
What Are The Causes of DVT?
There are multiple causes of Deep Vein Thrombosis, including:
Damage within the vein's inner lining: This is brought on by injuries, usually the cause of surgery, inflammation, or responses of the immune system.
Slow blood flow: Most bed-ridden or traveling individuals tend to experience sluggish blood flow, which can result in blood clots.
Thicker blood: Unfortunately, this condition can be inherited and may increase the chance of blood clots. Thicker blood can also be the result of birth control or hormone therapy.
What can I do if I have DVT?
At Texan Vein & Vascular, we are well aware of the concerns that accompany DVT, and we are equipped to help you with your treatment. We provide the highest quality care for our patients and we utilize advanced endovascular procedures in order to effectively treat your condition if needed. Our ultimate goals are to prevent the growth of the blood clot, keep the blood clot from reaching other parts of your body, and reduce the damage to your underlying veins.
There are multiple treatment options for DVT, including the use of blood thinners or thrombolysis (dissolving the clot). Each of these treatments has their advantages. Coagulants can thin the blood and help decrease the ability of the blood to clot, but they cannot break up clots that have already formed. In most cases this is all that is required.
In select cases of early DVT, thrombolysis is needed to dissolve the clot to prevent damage to the underlying veins, which can lead to chronic swelling and wounds which are difficult to heal.
At Texan Vein & Vascular, our ultimate goal is to improve your health and treat your deep vein thrombosis to help prevent potentially devastating consequences. Want to start getting back to doing the things you love? Come see double board certified vascular surgeon, Dr. Vinit Varu, at Texan Vein & Vascular. We will use our expertise and state of the art treatment options to find the optimal treatment plan individualized to you.