Deep Vein Thrombosis, or DVT, occurs when a blood clot forms in one or more of the deep veins, usually in your legs. It’s considered a serious condition because if one of the blood clots breaks loose, it can travel through your body to the lungs where it can block blood flow and create a pulmonary embolism, which can be fatal.
So how do you know if you have DVT? The symptoms can include swelling, warm areas, and pain in the affected leg. The pain usually starts in your calf and feels like a cramp or soreness. However, DVT may also occur without any noticeable symptoms.
People who have been immobile for a long time, or had recent surgery are at an elevated risk, as well as women who have recently given birth. Additionally, people who have damaged veins or have a history of blood clots are a high risk for DVT.
Certain people have blood disorders of which they are unaware until a DVT occurs – for example, diseases like Factor V Leiden Deficiency.
Our treatment goal is to prevent the clot from getting any bigger, as well as to prevent it from breaking off and causing a pulmonary embolism. To this end, we offer two treatment options:
The goal of this therapy is to break up the clot through the use of drugs called lytics (also called “clot busters”), which we deliver to the clot through a catheter.
Angioplasty & Stenting
In this nonsurgical procedure, we use a catheter to insert a tiny balloon into your affected artery. Once in place, we inflate the balloon, which opens the artery for improved blood flow. We then insert a small, metal mesh tube – called a “stent” – into the artery to maintain the expansion and provide support inside the vein.