Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT):
This is a clot in your leg or arm in the deep veins of these extremities. DVTs can happen in patients that more susceptible to get them for a number of reasons. Some of these include inactivity, long travel, trauma, and genetic reasons. Symptoms of DVT include cramping, pain, or swelling in the legs or arms.
A vascular study using an ultrasound machine typically is used to diagnose DVTs. DVTs need to be treated with blood thinners to keep them from growing and extending and causing other problems (like pulmonary embolism or a lung clot). We can treat the DVT with traditional blood thinner like Coumadin (or Warfarin) and also with newer medications like Eliquis or Dabigatran. Please contact us today if you suspect that you may have a DVT.