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How to Treat Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis, often shortened to DVT, is a potentially serious condition, so it is vital to treat it.

Windermere Deep Vein Thrombosis

What is DVT?

DVT occurs when a clot blocks the flow of blood in a vein. It usually affects the legs, but it can happen anywhere in the body. The most common causes of the conditions are long sedentary periods – such as sitting on an aircraft – but it can also result from surgery and problems with vascular health. 

If you notice symptoms, such as leg pain, discomfort and swelling, you should contact Dr. Vargas and the team at The Vascular Experts Florida as soon as possible. Not treating DVT could lead to pulmonary embolism – a blockage in blood flow to the lungs. 

Deep Vein Thrombosis Treatment

There are several effective treatments you can use for DVT available at The Vascular Experts Florida. One option is blood-thinning medications (also called anticoagulants). These don’t get rid of existing clots, but they can prevent new ones from forming in a critical situation. 

You can also get thrombolytics – special medications that dissolve clots in your legs and other parts of the venous system. These treatments are available for patients with more extensive clotting in critical areas or when blood flow to a limb is at risk. 

Another option is an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter. This device sits in the largest vein in the body and prevents clots from returning from the extremities (such as your legs). It is a great option for patients who cannot tolerate blood thinners. 

Benefits of DVT Treatment

Getting DVT treatment from The Vascular Experts Florida provides all kinds of benefits: 

Reduction of pain and discomfort

When DVT occurs, it can cause pain because of swelling and loss of blood flow to the body’s tissues. Treatment helps to get blood moving again and prevent clots from forming.

Rapid treatment

We can apply blood thinning and clot dissolving medications immediately. Furthermore, IVC placement takes less than an hour.

Little to no downtime

Thrombolytics and anticoagulants may have side effects, but no downtime. After IVC, you can return to regular activities in 24 hours, and heavy lifting in 48 hours. 

appointments available now

Take the first step. Get your questions answered and find out which treatment option is best for your personal situation by meeting with one of our knowledgeable providers at Vascular Experts for an in-person consultation. Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our experienced team members will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation.

Deep Vein Thrombosis Warning Signs

DVT is more common than you may think and there are various warning signs. If you think you might have the condition, you may want to look out for the following: 

  • A sensation of warmth in the affected leg
  • Swelling in the ankle, foot or leg
  • Soreness and cramping pains
  • Pain the foot and ankle
  • Changes in the color of the affected leg

You may also experience DVT in other parts of the body – not just the leg. Be vigilant of the following possible clot indicators in the upper body: 

  • Changes in the color of your skin
  • Swelling in hands, wrists or arms
  • Loss of grip strength
  • Non-exercise-related pain in the neck or shoulder

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Take the Next Step – Request a Consultation

If you would like to learn more about deep vein thrombosis – schedule a consultation today with The Vascular Experts Florida at our Windermere, FL location.

You can also call to make your appointment by calling our office at (407) 612-7738.

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