Blood clots in your legs known as deep vein thrombosis can cause pain and swelling in your legs, but may also break loose and cause serious complications. At Advanced Cardiovascular & Vein Center in Jackson, Tennessee, Alex Alperovich, MD, FACC, FSCAI, and the team of cardiovascular specialists evaluate your risk of developing blood clots and treat them accordingly. Call the office at (731) 215-1281 or book an appointment online today to learn more about the available treatments for deep vein thrombosis.
Deep Vein Thrombosis & Leg Swelling Q & A
What is deep vein thrombosis?
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) describes a condition in which a blood clot forms deep in your veins, usually the ones in your legs. You may have leg pain and swelling associated with the blood clot, or you may have no symptoms. The danger of these blood clots is that they can get loose and travel through your bloodstream to block your lungs, known as a pulmonary embolism.
What causes deep vein thrombosis?
You’re more likely to develop a blood clot if you have a medical condition that affects how your blood clots. You may also develop the clots when you don’t move for a long time, such as following surgery, an accident, or other times you’re confined to bed.
What are the symptoms of deep vein thrombosis?
Signs that you may have deep vein thrombosis include:
- Swelling in the affected leg
- Cramping and soreness, usually in the calf
- Warmth in the affected leg
- Discoloration or redness on the skin of the affected leg
If you have any of these symptoms, you should contact Advanced Cardiovascular & Vein Center immediately.
How are blood clots diagnosed?
Deep vein thrombosis may be identified with ultrasound, a blood test, or MRI and CT scans. If you’re at a greater risk of developing blood clots or have symptoms, Dr. Alperovich may recommend any or all of these screenings.
What treatments and management are available for deep vein thrombosis?
Dr. Alperovich intends for treatment to prevent blood clots from growing in size or dislodging and causing a pulmonary embolism. You may benefit from blood-thinning medications that help decrease your blood’s ability to clot. Compression stockings can help alleviate swelling that’s associated with deep vein thrombosis.
In cases of large blood clots, Dr. Alperovich may recommend a clot buster, which breaks clots up quickly. These injectable medications are delivered intravenously or through a catheter inserted directly in the clot. These drugs can have serious side effects, such as excessive bleeding, so they’re reserved for severe cases only.
For management and treatment of deep vein thrombosis, call Advanced Cardiovascular & Vein Center or schedule an appointment online today.