The blood clots that cause deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in your legs could break off and block a vital organ, leading to a life-threatening embolism. You should always seek advice from the experts at Precision Vascular if you have symptoms of DVT so they can diagnose and treat the problem before it causes an embolism. Precision Vascular has branches in Arlington, Dallas, Mesquite, and McKinney, Texas, so keep the love flowing to your legs and book an appointment online or by phone today.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) refers to a blood clot that forms in the large veins deep in the pelvis, legs, thighs, or arms. A DVT clot reduces or blocks the flow of blood in a vein, causing:
Your leg is likely to feel warm to the touch, and in severe cases, the skin looks stretched and shiny. DVT can cause severe pain for some people, although others may feel very little discomfort.
The most worrisome problem with DVT is that a blood clot can break away from the original location and travel through your bloodstream.
It could then end up blocking a vein in your head, lung, or heart, and causing a stroke, pulmonary embolism, or heart attack, making DVT a potentially life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention.
DVT develops when something affects your circulation or blood clotting. Potential risk factors include:
You may have one of these risk factors and still not develop DVT, but if you have more than one, your risk increases. Some examples: you’re overweight and have to stay in bed for a week with the flu, or you’re taking HRT and you also smoke.
Conservative treatment for DVT involves using blood-thinning medications called anticoagulants or clot-busting medications called thrombolytic therapy.
Treatment needs to start as soon as possible to prevent a blood clot from breaking away and causing an embolism, but also to avoid permanent damage to your veins and possible lifelong side effects called post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS).
Precision Vascular also specializes in using minimally invasive thrombolysis for treating DVT by surgically removing or dissolving the clot.
Catheter-directed thrombolysis involves your provider at Precision Vascular inserting a small tube called a catheter into the affected leg vein.
They thread the catheter into the vein using imaging guidance, and when the end of the catheter reaches the clot, they inject a clot-busting drug directly into the clot.
Some patients might need an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter in the main vein that returns blood to your heart from your legs and feet. The IVC filter keeps blood clots and pieces of clots from traveling back to your heart and lungs, while still allowing blood to circulate.
If you have any symptoms that could be caused by DVT, don’t delay — every second counts. Call Precision Vascular for advice, or schedule a consultation using the online booking form.