Venous Disease and Deep Vein Thrombosis
Cavanagh Heart Center offers advanced surgical and catheter-based treatments to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), symptoms and risk factors
Deep vein thrombosis is a clot that commonly affects the leg veins and may also occur in the veins of the arm. This clot could dislodge and travel to the lung which is called a pulmonary embolism, which is considered a medical emergency.
Some patients do not feel any signs or symptoms of DVT. Others have shortness of breath, breathing problems, irregular heartbeats, chest pain, or coughing. They may also cough up blood. Other symptoms are swelling, pain or heat in the leg where a clot is present.
Patients who are higher risk for DVT include those who have recently undergone surgery, are bedridden, sit for long periods of time, or are overweight. Pregnant women and women who take hormone therapy are also at increased risk for pulmonary blood clots,
Treatment for Deep Vein Thrombosis
The Cavanagh Heart Center vascular team understands there is no one-size-fits all treatment and that each patient’s experience is unique. Most patients receive a combination of treatments.
- Medications - Blood thinners called anticoagulants help prevent clots from growing larger and can prevent additional clots from forming.
- Thrombectomy - during this procedure, the clot, also known as thrombus is surgically removed by placing a catheter (long, narrow tube) into a vein that allows access to the blood clot. Once the clot is seen, the surgeon will either remove it or inject medications to dissolve it (thrombolysis). This technique allows surgeons to access larger clots more quickly, remove more clots, and access the clots through smaller blood vessels than before
- Inferior vena cava filter- if a patient can't take blood thinners, an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter may be placed to catch a clot if it breaks free from the vein thus preventing a pulmonary embolism from occurring.
For More Vascular Information
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