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What are the Warning Signs of Deep Vein Thrombosis?

What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is caused by a blood clot that blocks a vein. Typically forming in the legs, it can be as a result of a variety of reasons, from inactivity due to surgery or injury, to certain medications and medical conditions. A very serious condition, it impedes the blood flow back to the heart. Causing leg pain, swelling and discoloration it’s vital that you contact The Vascular Experts Florida if you’re experiencing any of the warning signs. 

If it’s not treated, then it can lead to very serious problems down the line such as pulmonary embolism –  when the blood clot travels to the lungs and blocks the flow.

Warning Signs of DVT

There are several key symptoms that you should look out for when it comes to DVT. These include the following: 

  • Discoloration in the affected leg
  • Severe pain in the foot or ankle
  • Cramping pain or soreness in the leg
  • Swelling in the leg, ankle or foot
  • A warm feeling in the affected leg 

However, it’s vital to keep in mind that in some circumstances, such as an upper extremity DVT, there may not be any clear warning signs. But if you do notice any of the following, it could be as a result of this or a blood clot within the arm:

  • Pain in the neck or shoulder
  • Discoloration in the skin
  • Pain throughout the arm
  • Swelling in the hand or arm
  • Loss of strength in the hand

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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 Treatment 

As aforementioned, deep vein thrombosis is a serious condition that must be treated. After booking an initial consultation with Dr. Vargas, they will diagnose the condition by taking a comprehensive evaluation of the symptoms and your medical history. Once the extent of the disease and location is determined through an ultrasound, a bespoke treatment plan will be created. 

Treatments for DVT are designed to prevent the clot from growing, to lower the risk of clots in the future and to impede pulmonary embolism. The most common treatments for Deep Vein Thrombosis are:

Blood-thinning medication (anticoagulation) 

This medication (such as enoxaparin, warfarin or ribaroxaban) is designed to lower the risk of blood clots and to stabilize existing clots so that they do not travel around the body or grow. 

Thrombolytic medication

For severe cases of DVT, thrombolytic medication might be used. Known as clot-dissolving medications, they are designed to break up clots within the large central veins. 

Compression stockings 

To lower the risk of developing complications secondary to blood clots and swelling, compression stockings may be recommended. Particularly useful for those at high risk, Dr. Vargas will suggest how frequently you should wear these.

IVC Filters

For those who are unable to take blood-thinning medication, an IVC filter may be recommended. Through this treatment, a filter will be inserted into the abdominal vein by using a catheter. This is designed to prevent pulmonary embolisms, by stopping any clots that have broken free from entering the heart or lungs. 

Although there is little to no downtime after the placement of an IVC filter, it does come with its risks. Dr. Vargas will take you through these risks associated with the treatment in your consultation.  More importantly, you will be monitored so that the filter can be removed when no longer necessary.

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Schedule a consultation today with The Vascular Experts Florida at our Windermere, FL location. You can also call to make your appointment. (407) 612-7738.

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