Every year, about 300,000 Americans learn they have deep venous thrombosis. Anyone can develop deep venous thrombosis, but it’s especially common in people who are 50 and older. At Memphis Vein Center in Memphis, Tennessee, board-certified cardiologist Kishore Arcot, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FSVM, RPVI, and the caring team regularly work with patients to diagnose and treat deep venous thrombosis. To schedule an appointment, call or book online today.
Deep venous thrombosis is a serious condition that occurs when a blood clot forms inside a deep vein. A blood clot is a hardened mass of blood.
Deep venous thrombosis can develop anywhere in your body, but it’s especially common in the thighs and lower legs.
Deep venous thrombosis only presents symptoms in about half of people with the condition. Telltale signs include:
If deep venous thrombosis develops in your upper body, you might experience shoulder pain, neck pain, or swelling in your arm or hand.
To diagnose deep venous thrombosis, Dr. Arcot performs a physical exam which is followed by an ultrasound exam which is the gold standard for testing this condition. An ultrasound uses soundwaves to create images of your veins and arteries. Dr. Arcot looks at these images to see how your blood flows through them and if you have low blood flow or blocked blood flow, it indicates the presence of a clot.
If the DVT is small, it is treated by an outpatient medical therapy, which is taking blood thinners by mouth.
A large DVT is life-threatening. This should be treated immediately because the clot can break loose in the leg, travel to the heart, and cause a blockage which is called Pulmonary Embolism. If diagnosed in time, Dr. Arcot can perform thrombolytic therapy called Thrombolysis. This is performed by inserting a small catheter that travels directly to the DVT, and the clot is removed. Also, clot-busting medication can be given which dissolves the DVT.
To schedule a deep venous thrombosis appointment at Memphis Vein Center, call or book online today.
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