Deep Venous Disease

What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Deep veins are vital pathways for blood flow to our heart from our organs and extremities. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein and impedes blood flow back to the heart, causing swelling, pain, and discoloration, often in the legs. These clots can travel to the lungs, resulting in a pulmonary embolism that can be life-threatening.

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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 Dr. Vargas at The Vascular Experts Florida 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.

How is Deep Vein Thrombosis Diagnosed?

During your appointment with Dr. Vargas we will perform a thorough evaluation of your medical history and symptoms as well as a physical evaluation to determine if you may have a DVT. In most cases, it is necessary to perform an ultrasound evaluation in the comfort of our office to determine the exact location and extent of the disease.

What Treatments are Available for Deep Vein Thrombosis?

The standard of care in cases of Deep Vein Thrombosis includes anticoagulation (blood-thinning medication) and compression stockings to prevent swelling.  

Anticoagulants are medications that decrease the blood’s ability to clot.  They don’t reduce existing clots, but they prevent new ones from forming and stabilize existing clots to prevent them from getting larger or traveling.  

Clot dissolving medications, called thrombolytics, and clot-dissolving procedures are available for more extensive cases of DVT when large central veins are affected leading to significant disability or placing a limb at risk. Thrombolytics are given through a catheter directly into the clot and have serious risks of their own, so they’re used only when necessary.

IVC Filters work for patients who cannot take blood thinners or need to stop them temporarily to undergo a surgical procedure. A filter is inserted through a catheter into your inferior vena cava to prevent any clots that break free from entering your lungs or heart. The Vascular Experts Florida routinely places IVC filters in our state-of-the-art procedure room by Dr. Vargas. Once the contraindication for anticoagulation is no longer in place, we perform the removal of the IVC filter in a similar fashion in our procedure room with little to no downtime.

What Results Will I See?

Results are commonly not visible, but a reduction of swelling and proper blood flow to the legs can be felt with all the treatment options available.

Is There Any Downtime?

There is no downtime associated with compression stockings or medications, but there may be a day or two of recovery required for clot-dissolving procedures or the placement of an IVC filter.

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