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The Relationship Between DVT and Pulmonary Embolisms

Both DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and pulmonary embolism are dangerous conditions where the circulation of the blood is being impeded. When that happens, DVT may occur. DVT is treatable by a vascular doctor, and should be taken care of as soon as possible. If it isn’t then pulmonary embolism may occur, which can be fatal and cause instant death.

How DVT and Pulmonary Embolisms are Related

DVT and pulmonary embolisms are related to one another. Both of these conditions come about because there is some kind of blockage in the vascular system. While DVT typically occurs in the large veins in the legs, and pulmonary embolisms occur in the lungs, they are both indicative of a serious—and often fatal—problem with the veins.

Your blood is meant to coagulate to a certain degree. If it didn’t, then every time you got a tiny cut you could bleed profusely until you died. However, in the case of both DVT and pulmonary embolisms, the blood forms a clot when it shouldn’t. Vein clots form for one of three main reasons; hypercoagulability, where the blood has an increased tendency to coagulate, damage to the walls of the vein, or stasis, which is a lack of blood circulation. As you know, blood needs to circulate freely throughout your vascular system. When that circulation is hampered by any of these three reasons, DVT or pulmonary embolisms may occur.

How Often Does DVT Cause Pulmonary Embolisms?

Unfortunately, DVT and pulmonary embolisms are quite common in American society. In fact, a 25-year study that was published in 1998 reported very little over one in every thousand persons had an incident of either DVT or pulmonary embolism. Today, it’s estimated that over 350,000 are affected by either pulmonary embolism or DVT. It’s safe to say that left untreated, DVT almost always has the potential to eventually lead to pulmonary embolism.

Diagnosing DVT With Ultrasound

If you think you have symptoms of DVT, you should make an appointment with a vascular doctor right away. Meet our Dr. Siragusa in Nashville, TN for an in-depth consultation.  You will be diagnosed with blood tests. Depending on the blood test results, your diagnosis will be confirmed with ultrasound.

How To Treat Deep Vein Thrombosis

DVT is treatable. Once you have been diagnosed, there are a number of treatments available, including sclerotherapy, blood thinner medication, endovenous ablation and microplebectomy. Make an  appointment today to learn more about treatment options appropriate for your individual circumstances.

Siragusa Vein and Laser Can Help You

The most important thing you can do for your health is to see a vascular doctor right away if you notice troublesome veins on your leg. Learn more about DVT and make sure your condition is treated right away by contacting our offices now. Your health depends on it!


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