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  • Medical Center Operator

  • 201-833-3000

  • Physician Referral Service

  • 877-HOLY-NAME (465-9626)

  • Patient Information

  • 201-833-3300

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  • 201-833-3187

  • Human Resources

  • 201-833-7040

  • Medical Staff Office

  • 201-833-3352

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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
  • Swelling
  • 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