Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
HeartCare Associates of Connecticut
Cardiovascular Specialists located in Hamden, East Haven, North Haven, West Haven & Wallingford, CT
Though it’s possible to experience pain and swelling, a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is a clot found in one of your deep veins, may not cause symptoms. DVTs are a serious medical concern because the clot can break free from the vein and lead to a pulmonary embolism. At HeartCare Associates of Connecticut, the experienced cardiovascular specialists offer advanced testing and treatment for DVTs at the Vein Center to prevent health complications. For an evaluation, contact the Hamden, East Haven, North Haven, West Haven, or Wallingford, Connecticut, office by phone or book an appointment online today.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Q & A
What is a deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?
A deep vein thrombosis or DVT develops when a blood clot forms in one of the deep veins in your body, most often in the legs.
The clot develops when your blood isn’t able to properly circulate through the vein, which may occur after an injury, surgery, or use of certain medications.
Certain medical conditions may also increase your risk of developing a blood clot, such as:
- Inflammatory disorder
- Rheumatologic disorder
- Blood clotting disorder
Sitting for too long, smoking, and being overweight or obese may also increase your risk of developing a DVT.
What are DVT symptoms?
DVT symptoms often affect the leg and usually only one of your legs. Common symptoms include:
- Pain and swelling in the leg
- Redness or discoloration in the leg
- General warmth in the leg
It’s possible to have a DVT and not develop symptoms. If your DVT goes unnoticed and untreated, the clot may break free and travel to your lungs, leading to a pulmonary embolism, which requires immediate medical care.
Shortness of breath, chest pain, and coughing up blood are common signs of a pulmonary embolism.
How is a DVT diagnosed?
The vein specialists at HeartCare Associates of Connecticut use advanced testing to diagnose a deep vein thrombosis. During the evaluation, your specialist reviews your symptoms and medical history and then checks your affected leg.
To determine if your symptoms are due to a DVT, your doctor may recommend diagnostic imaging such as ultrasound, venography, CT scan, or MRI. They may also request blood work.
How is a deep vein thrombosis treated?
The specialists at HeartCare Associates of Connecticut develop individualized treatment plans for the management of deep vein thrombosis with a goal of preventing the clot from getting bigger and breaking free.
Treatment options may include medication to keep your blood thin, or medication to break up the clot, referred to as clot busters. Your doctor may also suggest you wear compression stockings to help support blood circulation in your legs.
For those prescribed blood-thinning medications, known as anticoagulants, the team monitors blood clotting factors and medication at their Coumadin & Anticoagulation Clinic, also referred to as their Anticoagulation Management Service.
Your vein specialist at HeartCare Associates of Connecticut may also suggest the placement of a filter in the affected vein to prevent the clot from reaching your lungs.
A DVT requires proper medical management to prevent serious health complications. To schedule a consultation with the experienced team at HeartCare Associates of Connecticut’s Vein Center, call or click the online booking button today.