Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

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    Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a serious, but treatable condition that occurs when a blood clot forms deep inside the veins of your body, typically in the lower leg, thigh or pelvic area.

     

    Blood clots affect almost 900,000 people each year in the United States and can lead to pulmonary embolism (PE), a potentially fatal condition in which the blood clot can break off and block blood flow to the lungs.1

     

    Without adequate blood flow, damage to the lungs and other organs of the body can occur, requiring prompt medical attention.

    Symptoms of DVT

     

    While anyone can experience DVT, certain factors can increase the likelihood of developing it, such as long periods of inactivity, surgery or trauma.2

     

    Although the condition can be serious, it only presents signs and symptoms 50% of the time in patients.3

     

    When present, these DVT symptoms may include all or any combination of the following:3

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    Swelling

     

    Swelling in the leg with the affected vein. The swollen area may exhibit increased warmth.

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    Pain

     

    A cramping or diffuse pain may cause tenderness in the calf muscles (small DVT) or the thigh muscle (large DVT).

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    No Symptoms

     

    Up to 50% of patient who have a DVT do not experience any noticeable symptoms

    Non-healing wound image courtesy of Dr. Raghu Kolluri.

    DVT Diagnosis and Treatment

     

    Diagnostic Procedures

     

    Some patients may experience DVT just once, but for others, the condition may become chronic. Since DVTs can be life threatening, getting a proper diagnosis is crucial.

     

    A doctor may use a combination of a physical exam, medical history and one of several tools to make a diagnosis.1

     

    Photos of Diagnostic Procedures

    Duplex Ultrasound

     

    A tool that uses sound waves to look at the flow of blood in the veins.

    D-dimer Test

     

    This diagnostic blood test measures a substance that can be released when a blood clot dissolves. Higher levels suggest the presence of a DVT.

    Magnetic Resonance Venography (MRV) or Computed Tomography Venography

     

    A type of imaging tool that uses magnetic wave and radio energy to locate and measure the severity of a blocked blood vessel.

    Videos of Diagnostic Procedures

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    Duplex Ultrasound

     

    A tool that uses sound waves to look at the flow of blood in the veins.

    Image of Dr. Haroun

    D-dimer Test

     

    This diagnostic blood test measures a substance that can be released when a blood clot dissolves. Higher levels suggest the presence of a DVT or pulmonary embolism (PE).

    DVT Treatments

     

    Despite serious complications, DVT can be treated if detected early.

     

    Certain treatments may work for some patients, but not others. A vascular specialist may recommend treatments that prevent the blood clot from enlarging and moving to the lungs or other therapies to dissolve the clot right away.

     

    These treatments may include:3

     

    Photos of DVT Treatments

    Blood Thinners

     

    These medications are used to reduce the chances of a blood clot.

    Thrombolytics

     

    For severe clots, this type of medication, administered through an IV, may be used to dissolve a painful, large clot.

    Compression Stockings

     

    These are recommended not only to prevent DVT, but to relieve pain and swelling following a DVT incident.

    Videos of Diagnostic Treatments

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    Blood Thinners

     

    These medications are used to reduce the chances of a blood clot.

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    Compression Stockings

     

    These are recommended not only to prevent DVTs, but to relieve pain and swelling following a DVT incident.

    DVT Patient Stories

     

    Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can affect anyone and may lead to serious complications such as pulmonary embolism. Read what patients have to say about their journey through seeking help, getting a diagnosis, receiving treatment and restoring their quality life.

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    Helpful Resources

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    Third-Party Resources

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    A mobile app built by cardiologists, to simplify understanding of most cardiac and peripheral vascular conditions and treatments.

    Find a Doctor that Treats DVT

     

    Consult your doctor to learn more about DVT risks and how to maintain your vascular health. You can also use our tool below to find a specialist near you.

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    1. “Venous Thromboembolism (Blood Clots).” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. August 13, 2015

    2. “Risk Factors for Venous Thromboembolism (VTE).” American Heart Association. Mar 9, 2017

    3. “What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis?” National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. October 28, 2011

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    The opinions and clinical experiences presented herein are for informational purposes only. Individual results may vary depending on a variety of patient-specific attributes and related factors. Dr. Raghu Kolluri has been compensated by Philips for his services in preparing and providing this material for Philips further use and distribution.

     

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