Understanding DVT Deep Vein Thrombosis
DVT Deep vein thrombosis is a life-threatening condition. It happens when blood clots form in the lower limbs due to long periods of inactivity. Smoking, obesity, and other factors increase the risk.
When to See a Doctor
If you’ve traveled recently and feel pain in your calf or thigh, or notice swelling, warmth, or redness in one leg, see our doctor.
The doctor will check your history and examine you to assess the likelihood of DVT. The examination helps him to see if there’s a high chance you have DVT. A special test, called a lower limbs arterial and venous triplex, is needed for confirmation.
At Our Clinic
With any suspicion of DVT, we escort you to our hospital for the test. Treatment depends on the DVT’s severity and how close the clots are to your heart. Closer to the heart means higher risk of serious complications like pulmonary embolism. In such cases, you’ll need systematic anticoagulant therapy and monitoring in our hospital.
Injuries like ankle sprains or fractures increase DVT risk. If immobilized with a boot or cast, the risk goes up until normal walking resumes. Our doctor will recommend daily anticoagulant injections for prevention.
These injections, called LMWH (Low Molecular Weight Heparin), are safe and self-administered under the skin in the abdomen. Don’t worry about the injections; they’re almost painless with very thin needles, similar to those used by diabetics for insulin. If you’re uneasy, our doctor or nurses will help you overcome this fear.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention, especially if symptoms such as leg pain, swelling, or redness appear. Early diagnosis, typically confirmed with a lower limbs arterial and venous triplex test, is crucial for effective treatment. At our clinic, we prioritize prompt testing and treatment, with a focus on prevention, especially for those at increased risk due to injuries or immobilization. Safe, self-administered LMWH injections are recommended for DVT prevention. Understanding and addressing DVT risks can significantly enhance health outcomes and prevent severe complications.