Deep Vein Thrombosis
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a serious condition that occurs when a blood clot forms deep in a leg vein. It can cause permanent damage to the leg or become life-threatening if the clot travels to the lung and blocks blood flow, known as a pulmonary embolism.
DVT often develops in patients who have had surgery or in healthy individuals who have been immobile for a long period of time, such as passengers on a long airline flight. The clot typically forms in a pelvic, thigh or calf vein that returns blood to the heart and lungs, causing leg pain and swelling.
- Pain or tenderness
- Discoloration or redness in the affected area
- Skin that is warm to the touch
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
Holy Name Medical Center’s Interventional Radiologists can break up the clot and restore normal blood flow by guiding a catheter to the site of the clot and delivering a clot-busting drug. At the same time, a stent can be implanted if the vein is very narrow to help prevent future clots.
- Low risk of complications
- Quick recovery
- Can be life-saving
- Helps to prevent other clots from forming