Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a thrombus or blood clot in a deep vein. They’re most common in the leg but can happen in other parts of the body. There are many risk factors for DVT, including obesity, blood clotting disorders, age, pregnancy, history of surgery, long periods of not moving - such as long trips - and certain diseases such as heart failure.
Deep vein thrombosis may develop without symptoms. However, some common symptoms could occur in the affected area including:
Complications of DVT
The goal of treatment is to prevent the clot from getting larger, to prevent a blood clot from traveling to the lungs and to decrease the chance of another blood clot forming. Treatment may include:
For details on the diagnosis and treatment of DVT, call UR Medicine Heart & Vascular at (585) 275-2475.