Doctors Can Quickly Diagnose and Treat DVT Patients in DC-MD-VA

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a  blood clot has formed deep in the vein. A DVT is an emergent condition that needs proper diagnosis from a trained doctor. 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.

Symptoms may range from mild to severe and may any combination of the symptoms below. In some cases of DVT, symptoms may not be present. 

  • Swelling
  • Pain - typically worse with flexing the foot of the affected leg even when the pain is in the calf
  • Redness
  • Warm to touch

Severe symptoms that require an emergency hospital visit

  • Severe chest pains
  • Shortness of breath
  • Persistent cough

Complications of DVT may include:

Pulmonary embolism – a potentially life-threatening condition that 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 – the 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

Possible Causes:

  • Pregnancy
  • Birth Control
  • Clotting Disorder
  • Obesity
  • Heart Failure
  • Injury
  • Age
  • Long Periods Inactivity (such as a long flight)

It is important to visit a vascular doctor for any blood clot complications when you are experiencing symptoms. 

Center for Vascular Medicine The Center for Vascular Medicine has conveniently located offices all over Maryland, near District of Columbia, Michigan, and New Jersey. 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.

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