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Deep Vein Thrombosis (also known as DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein that is located deep in the venous system. It can cause pain and swelling. Deep vein thrombosis can become complicated when a blood clot breaks off and goes to your lungs and heart through your bloodstream. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent complications from DVT.
Read on to learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of deep vein thrombosis.
These factors may increase your risk of developing deep vein thrombosis:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that 50% of people who have this condition do not experience any symptoms. However, the common symptoms of DVT include:
Deep vein thrombosis treatment can prevent the blood clot from increasing in size, traveling to heart and lungs, and reduce your risk of developing new blood clots. DVT treatment options include:
First-line treatment is with blood thinners, also called anticoagulants. Blood thinners can be injected intravenously or taken as pills. These drugs decrease your blood’s ability to clot and prevent the existing blood clots from increasing in size, traveling to heart and lungs, and reduce your risk of developing new clots.
You will need to take these medications as instructed by your doctor. Also, you should inform your doctor if you are pregnant, so that they can recommend the best anticoagulant.
Your doctor may recommend clot busters if you:
Clot busters can quickly break up the blood clots, restore blood flow, and save the valves in the affected vein from further damage.
If blood thinners or clot busters do not work, your doctor may recommend surgery to remove your blood clot. For this procedure, your doctor will make a small incision into your blood vessel to locate the clot and then remove it.
IVC filter is a small metal device that catches blood clots and prevents them from moving to the lungs. This option is typically for those who cannot tolerate anticoagulation therapy.
We are your trusted vascular clinic and vein center in Johns Creek, Roswell, Cumming, and Lawrenceville, GA so you can be assured you are receiving the best treatment for deep vein thrombosis. Call us today to schedule an appointment.