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16 01, 2016

DVT: Symptoms to Watch Out For

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is the occurrence of blood clots in the deep veins of your body, most often in your legs. If left untreated, these clots may break away and travel to the lungs or heart, causing life-threatening conditions like pulmonary embolism. DVT can also cause lifelong swelling and deformity of the extremities.

To avoid these serious side effects, it’s a good idea to know which symptoms to watch out for with DVT. There are four classic symptoms of the condition:

  • Swelling in the affected foot, leg, or ankle
  • An area of skin that feels warmer than the skin around it
  • Skin over affected area turning red/purplish
  • Cramping pain that usually begins in the calf

In DVT, these symptoms result from the clot disrupting circulation, causing excess blood to accumulate in the affected vein. The swelling that results causes the pain, warmth, and discoloration mentioned above.

It’s also important to note that, while symptoms of DVT […]

28 12, 2015

Anticoagulation Treatment for Deep Vein Thrombosis

If you are diagnosed with Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), your doctor may suggest anticoagulation treatment. The goal of anticoagulation is to reduce the body’s ability to form blood clots by inhibiting the liver’s output of vitamin K. This is important because blood clots that form in the lower body can break apart, allowing fragments to travel through the blood vessels to the heart and lungs and resulting in serious health complications. It should be noted that anticoagulation treatment will not dissolve blood clots that already exist in the body, but it will help prevent them from growing larger.

Anticoagulation treatment initially consists of the IV administration of unfractionated heparin (UH) or subcutaneous (SC) low-molecular weight heparin (LMWH), depending on the patient’s individual needs. Patients with renal failure, for example, are better treated with unfractionated heparin since LMWH is excreted primarily via the kidneys.

After initial IV treatment, patients move into the second […]

28 12, 2015

IVC Filter Treatment for Deep Vein Thrombosis

The inferior vena cava (IVC) is the large vein in the abdomen that transports blood from the lower body to the heart. When blood clots form in the legs or pelvis—known as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)—part of those clots may break off, travel into the upper body through the IVC, and reach the heart or lungs. This can cause serious health complications or even death.

If you’ve been diagnosed with blood clots, your doctor may suggest inferior vena cava filter treatment to try to prevent those serious health complications. In IVC filter treatment, a filter is inserted into the IVC to catch blood clot fragments, preventing them from reaching the heart or lungs.

The procedure involves a small incision to the neck or groin through which a catheter is inserted. The filter is then pushed through the catheter into its place in the IVC and, once in place, the filter is released […]

8 11, 2015

Common Causes of Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) occurs when blood clots form in the deep veins of your body, most often in your legs. DVT is dangerous because, if left untreated, the clots formed in the legs can break away and travel to the lungs, causing life-threatening conditions like pulmonary embolism. Untreated DVT may also result in lifelong swelling and deformity of the extremities. There are a number of reasons why your blood may clot, resulting in DVT. Here are a few of the most common causes of the condition:

Immobility and Trauma

When you don’t move for long periods of time, the blood in your veins will stay stagnant. This means that blood may pool in your extremities—especially your legs—and when blood pools, DVT may occur. This is why people who suffer from trauma such as broken legs or hips often develop DVT, because they are rendered immobile until their injury heals.

Pregnancy

Pregnant women are […]