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Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep Vein Thrombosis services offered in Flowood, MS

Each year in the United States, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) causes about 300,000 people to develop a blood clot (thrombus) in a vein deep below the skin, usually in one of their legs. If it goes unnoticed and untreated, DVT can lead to a range of serious health concerns, including a pulmonary embolism. The vascular experts at Advanced Vascular & Vein Associates in Flowood, Mississippi, led by Danon Garrido, MD, and Rishi Roy, MD, diagnose and treat DVT quickly to prevent dangerous complications. Call or book an appointment online today.

Deep Vein Thrombosis Q & A

What is deep vein thrombosis? 

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) develops when your blood thickens until it forms a solid clump, or clot, inside a vein deep below the surface of your skin. Although DVT can occur in any deep vein of your body, it usually affects larger deep veins in the lower leg, thigh, or pelvis.

Am I at risk of developing DVT?

DVT typically occurs when blood flow becomes very slow. It may happen after an intense period of stillness or inactivity, such as a long flight or recovery from a major surgery. Factors that can increase your risk of DVT include:

  • Being older than 60 years of age
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having a blood clotting disorder
  • Prolonged bed rest or paralysis
  • Heart failure; previous heart attack
  • Smoking cigarettes (tobacco use)

Higher-than-normal estrogen levels can also trigger DVT. This risk factor can be a product of hormonal birth control medications, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to treat menopause, or even pregnancy.

Sometimes, DVT comes from lingering vein damage caused by a previous blood clot, chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), or a catheter, such as those used in dialysis.

What are the symptoms of DVT?

DVT is often a silent problem, meaning it can develop without any noticeable warning signs or symptoms. When DVT does cause symptoms, they may include:

  • Skin redness over the affected vein
  • Warmth and tenderness over the affected vein
  • Pain or swelling in the affected body area

If you experience any of these symptoms, call Advanced Vascular & Vein Associates to schedule a prompt evaluation and diagnosis.

Does DVT carry health risks?

When DVT goes undetected and untreated, it can give rise to a range of interrelated problems, including:

  • Vein inflammation
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Varicose veins
  • Venous claudication
  • Venous skin ulcers

DVT clots can also break off, travel to your lungs, and cause a life-threatening pulmonary embolism (PE) or blockage in your heart.

Why is it important to treat DVT?

Prompt evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment are of utmost importance whenever you suspect you have DVT, as newly formed clots are more likely to break away, travel through your blood vessels, and possibly endanger your life.

Fortunately, DVT is highly treatable — and its risky complications are readily preventable — with early detection and ongoing care. Most cases respond well to anticoagulant medications (blood thinners), which keep deep vein clots from growing larger and, over time, help reduce their size and consistency.

To learn more about all the DVT treatment options available at Advanced Vascular & Vein Associates, call the office, or schedule an appointment online today.

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