Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
A more serious and potentially dangerous vein condition is DVT, or Deep Vein Thrombosis. DVT is a blood clot that forms in a deep vein, usually in the legs, and blocks normal blood flow. This can result in pain, swelling, and a red area on the skin that feels warm to touch. DVTs are very common, especially in people over 60, but they can occur at any age, with family history being a significant factor. They can also be caused or exacerbated by hormone therapy including birth control; smoking; recent childbirth, surgery, or pacemaker insertion; a leg fracture; and certain illnesses such as cancer or autoimmune diseases. Sitting for long periods of time such as during long car trips or overseas plane travel can also contribute to DVT formation.
A deep vein thrombosis calls for immediate medical evaluation and treatment, since a clot can potentially break off and travel through the bloodstream to the heart or lungs as an embolism, causing severe damage or even death. If you suspect a DVT, it’s important to have an expert vein specialist evaluate your condition. Dr. Siragusa is highly experienced at diagnosing and treating deep vein thrombosis. A variety of blood tests and ultrasound may be used to pinpoint the severity and position of the problem clot.
Treatments for a thrombosis can include anticoagulant medications to keep new clots from forming, wearing medical compression stockings to improve circulation, and resting elevation of the affected area. Deep vein clots usually dissolve on their own, given time, but in some rare cases surgery may be required. As part of the best vein treatment in Nashville, Dr. Siragusa may opt to surgically remove a large blood clot from the vein, or place a filter in a vein to prevent the clot from moving to your lungs or heart.
Prognosis for a DVT is good, since many disappear without any problems, though some people have pain and swelling accompanied by changes in skin color, called post-phlebitic syndrome, which continues in the affected leg after the clot dissolves. Our Nashville vein clinic offers outstanding compassionate primary and after-care for DVTs. Call today for an appointment, for your wellbeing and peace of mind.