Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) affects up to 900,000 Americans per year, and as many as 30% of sufferers die within a month of diagnosis. Although it’s a very scary condition, it’s very treatable if diagnosed in its early form. At American Vascular Specialists in Mesa, Arizona, the Phoenix area’s most skilled vascular and endovascular surgeons are waiting to help with diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Book an appointment using the online tool or call the office to arrange your consultation today.


What is DVT?

DVT is a condition in which you develop a blood clot in one of the veins deep within your body. Typically, the blood clot develops in your calf or thigh. If the blood clot breaks away and moves upward into your lungs, it can trigger a very dangerous condition known as pulmonary embolism. 

Although DVT can affect anyone, it’s most common in older adults. DVT can develop after prolonged immobility, surgery, during pregnancy, or after an accident. Certain things can increase your risk for DVT, such as family history of DVT, smoking, obesity, and hormone therapy. It’s important to control the things that you can to reduce your risk of DVT as much as possible. 

What are the symptoms of DVT?

DVT symptoms aren’t always obvious, but can include:

  • Pain, soreness, or cramping in your upper or lower leg
  • Leg feels warm or hot
  • Leg skin looks red 
  • Leg swelling

If your blood clot breaks off and you develop a pulmonary embolism, you could experience sudden, severe symptoms, including: 

  • Chest pain
  • Pain when you breathe deeply or cough
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Faint
  • Racing pulse
  • Coughing up blood

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, don’t delay in getting the care you need. Untreated, pulmonary embolism can be deadly.

What is the treatment for DVT?

Your DVT treatment at American Vascular Specialists depends on your individual needs. Your doctor may prescribe blood-thinning medications, also known as anticoagulants, which you take for a minimum of 3-6 months either orally or intravenously. During that time, you’ll have regular blood tests to gauge the effectiveness of the medication. 

If blood thinners aren’t effective, or if your deep vein thrombosis becomes a pulmonary embolism, you might need a medication called thrombolytics, also known as clot-busters, to break up the clot. Your doctor delivers this medication intravenously or through a catheter.

If you’re unable to take blood thinners, your doctor might prescribe a vena cava filter. This filter goes directly in your vein to keep your DVT from becoming a pulmonary embolism.

Compression stockings are often helpful for DVT sufferers. With regular wear, they can reduce swelling and prevent future clots. 

For DVT help from vascular specialists, call American Vascular Specialists, or use online booking today.