Deep Vein Thrombosis: A Serious Health Threat

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Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, occurs when a blood clot (thrombus) forms in one of the deep veins of the body, usually in the calf or thigh. The clot can restrict the flow of blood upward to your heart, causing leg pain or swelling, skin discoloration or skin that feels warm to the touch. But there’s a bigger problem.

DVT: Rule it out to minimize risk.

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With deep vein thrombosis, a blood clot forms in the deep vein of the leg, obstructing normal blood flow upwards toward the heart.

DVT doesn’t merely cause discomfort. The clot has the potential to break away from the vein wall, becoming an embolism (traveling clot), which is a very serious health risk. The embolism can move through the bloodstream to the heart, lungs or brain, where it can cause severe damage, including death. At The Vein Center at Wilmington Surgical Associates, we always look to rule out DVT with our leading-edge and accredited ultrasound diagnostics.

Many clots may disappear on their own but can return. Should we diagnose DVT, treatment may include compression stockings and/or medication to keep the clots from growing and prevent new ones from forming.

Factors that put you at risk for deep vein thrombosis.

It’s important to understand the factors that cause clots to form. If you have a higher risk of developing clots, talk to your doctor about ways to prevent clotting and minimize your risk, including wearing compression stockings or taking medication.

  • Inactivity after surgery (especially after hip, knee or pelvic surgery)
  • Sitting for extended periods on planes or in automobiles
  • Pregnancy
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Obesity
  • Dehydration

Expertise makes the difference in vein care.

As vascular surgeons, we understand all aspects of the veins, including how to diagnose, manage and even surgically treat DVT. This gives The Vein Center at Wilmington Surgical an advantage over vein-care providers whose specialization, perspective and experience may not include more serious risks and problems like DVT.

To determine whether your condition requires medical attention, schedule a screening by calling (910) 787-1007. Or contact us electronically via our online form. You can also schedule an appointment online.