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Understanding Blood Clot Symptoms in DVT

Blood clots, also known as deep venous thrombosis (DVT), is a common medical problem affecting approximately 1 million people in the US every year. 

Blood clots can affect the deep veins (DVT) or the superficial veins. 

DVT has an increased risk of causing complications such as Pulmonary Embolism or Post-Thrombotic Syndrome.  

Superficial blood clots are a common problem presenting with linear pain, redness, and swelling.

Our cardiology and vascular specialists offer experience and expertise in all vascular and cardiovascular conditions, including blood clots and DVT.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with blood clots or are experiencing new or worsening symptoms consistent with the condition, don’t delay care– your life could depend on it.

Let’s discuss blood clots and DVT in more detail, including blood clot symptoms, their tie to DVT, and effective treatment options. 

The Tie Between Blood Clots and DVT

When a blood clot happens in one or more deep veins in your body, it’s called deep vein thrombosis. 

Because it affects a blockage in the deep vein, DVT is considered a severe health condition that requires immediate attention to avoid life-threatening complications.

A blood clot, or thrombus, is a solid mass of blood that forms when protein, platelets, and cells lump together in the bloodstream. 

DVT blood clots often form in your thigh or lower leg but can also be found in other parts of your body.

Blood clot formation prevents sufficient blood supply and circulation to the affected limb leading to complications such as pulmonary embolism or post-thrombotic syndrome. 

DVT Blood Clot Symptoms

According to the CDC, only half of those with DVT experience symptoms.

Those who do may have:

  • swelling in the foot, ankle, or leg, especially on one side
  • calf cramping
  • severe and unexplained pain in the foot or ankle
  • an area of skin that is warm to the touch
  • skin discoloration or paleness 

DVT Evaluation and Treatment 

One of the main goals of DVT treatment is to keep the blood clot from growing in size or dislodging from its location.

Initial evaluation with ultrasound is performed in our clinic vascular lab to determine the location and extent of the blood clot.

One of the most effective treatment options includes blood-thinning medication. The duration of the blood thinning medication depends on the extent of DVT, the reason for development, and the history of prior DVT. 

Patients may also be required to wear medical-grade compression stockings.

Some patients with extensive DVT and symptoms that are not resolving may undergo an endovascular procedure to break up and aspirate the clot out of the affected vein or veins.

If a patient is at high risk for pulmonary embolism or cannot take blood thinning medication, a temporary IVC filter may be placed for protection. 

Effective and Timely DVT Treatment in Oklahoma

CardioVascular Health Clinic boasts a dedicated team of qualified specialists whose sole focus is your cardiovascular and vascular health. 

With decades of combined experience, state-of-the-art technology, and a comprehensive approach to patient care, our physicians can offer Oklahomans unparalleled cardiovascular care for all of their needs, including DVT symptoms.

If you or a loved one are experiencing DVT blood clot symptoms, or suspect you may have DVT, call CardioVascular Health Clinic today at (405) 701-9880 to schedule an appointment now. Your life depends on it. 

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