A DVT is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in your body. It can develop in any of your veins, but most commonly occurs in the legs. You may experience leg pain or swelling with a DVT, but in many cases, there are no symptoms.
You may be at risk of developing a DVT if you sit for a prolonged period of time, as is the case when you take a long flight on an airplane. You may also be at risk if you’re overweight or obese, have a blood clotting disorder, smoke cigarettes, or you’re over the age of 60.
Without proper treatment, the blood clot may become dislodged and form a pulmonary embolism (PE), which occurs when the blood clot blocks a blood vessel in your lungs. PE is a life-threatening condition that can cause shortness of breath, chest pain, or dizziness.
Your DVT specialist at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic can determine if you have a DVT after a comprehensive examination that includes a review of your symptoms, physical examination, and discussion of your medical history.
To confirm a diagnosis, your specialist may recommend special testing such as an ultrasound, blood test, or MRI. Venography, which is a type of X-ray that uses a special dye injected into your veins to assess blood flow, may also be conducted.
Without symptoms, a DVT can be difficult to determine on your own. But it’s important to get prompt attention if you suspect a DVT so you can get the proper care and prevent complications.
DVT treatment is aimed at preventing the clot from becoming bigger or breaking away. Your team at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic creates an individualized treatment plan for you based on the severity of your DVT and your medical history.
Your treatment may include:
Filters and clot busters are considered more invasive DVT treatment and are only recommended when medications and compression stockings can’t improve your condition.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a serious medical condition that can develop without causing symptoms but requires immediate attention. Knowing what to look for, and the related risk factors may help you get the help you need quickly. Our DVT specialists at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic, with offices in Suwanee/Johns Creek, Cumming, Alpharetta, and Lawrenceville, GA, specialized in the diagnosis and management of DVT and can get you the expert care you need. Call the clinic today or request an appointment online.