What is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)?
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot that has formed deep in the vein. If patients do develop DVT, it normally occurs in the legs, though it may occur anywhere in the body. When a blood clot breaks off and travel to other parts of the body, patients can experience some serious health concerns. If you suspect you may have DVT, please contact your doctor as soon as possible. Complications of DVT may include:
Pulmonary embolism – potentially life-threatening condition occurs when a blood clot travels through the bloodstream and lodges in the lung. Symptoms of pulmonary embolism: lightheadedness, shortness of breath, coughing blood, chest pain, and a quick pulse.
Post-thrombotic syndrome – pooling of blood in the lower leg, may lead to swelling, pain, and ulcers. Patients usually note that they need to see a leg doctor for their pain but they should seek a vascular doctor to pinpoint the problem to determine if it is a blood clot issue.
Critical limb ischemia – with extreme DVT, a lack of blood flow can cause skin ulcers, infection, gangrene and ultimately limb loss
- Swelling in the leg
- Red skin or discolored skin on the leg or near blood clot site
- A warm feeling near blood clot site
- No symptoms at all
- Birth Control
- Clotting Disorder
- Heart Failure
- Long Periods Inactivity
Center for Vascular Medicine The Center for Vascular Medicine has conveniently located offices all over Maryland. We are a team of experienced, skilled professionals who specialize in identifying and treating vascular conditions. Each of our offices is equipped with advanced diagnostic and interventional medical technology needed to deliver the care our patients need. We also work closely with local hospitals for patients who may need more advanced treatment.If you would like to explore your treatment options or you have any questions, contact Center for Vascular Medicine.