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 deep inside a 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.
Deep venous thrombosis occurs due to a blood clot. Blood clots form for a variety of reasons, including damage to one or more blood vessels, surgery, and the use of certain prescription medications.
You’re also more likely to develop deep venous thrombosis if you live a sedentary lifestyle. If you sit for long periods of time each day, blood can slow down and pool in your legs. This can cause a clot to develop.
To diagnose deep venous thrombosis, Dr. Arcot conducts a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your symptoms.
Next, he conducts an ultrasound. An ultrasound uses soundwaves to create images of your veins and arteries. He looks at these images to see how your blood flows through them.
If you have low blood flow or blocked blood flow, it indicates the presence of a clot.
Treatment for deep venous thrombosis depends on the severity of your symptoms and their effect on your quality of life. At Memphis Vein Center, Dr. Arcot usually recommends healthy lifestyle changes and prescription medications. For example, you might benefit from wearing compression stockings, exercising more regularly, and taking blood thinners.
If you have a large blood clot that’s causing serious issues, surgery may be necessary. During deep venous thrombosis surgery, Dr. Arcot carefully makes an incision in a blood vessel and removes the clot. Afterward, he repairs the blood vessel and tissue.
To schedule a deep venous thrombosis appointment at Memphis Vein Center, call or book online today.