Have you heard the commercial on television for medication to treat DVT blood clots? You hear that phrase so much on tv that you may not even realize what they are referring to. DVT blood clots are a short and sweet way to say Deep Vein Thrombosis. Just as veins in the arteries around your heart can become blocked, so too can the veins in your extremities. Most frequently DVT clots are found in the deep veins in the leg, but they can also occur in your arms.
Deep Vein Thrombosis can be caused by a number of factors which prevent your blood from circulating properly. Genetic clotting disorders, extended bed rest, obesity, and even certain medications can cause the condition to occur and the greatest risk of DVT is that the clot dislodges and ends up in your lungs causing a pulmonary embolism which is very dangerous.

Symptoms of a Deep Vein Thrombosis are a pain, redness, and warmth in the affected leg. If you have any of these particular symptoms make an appointment with your doctor today. Besides these symptoms, the best way to diagnose this condition is with the use of a vascular ultrasound.

Vascular ultrasound technology is not unlike the ultrasound technology used to take prenatal images of your baby. Ultrasound technology uses sound waves to create images of the inside of your body. Technically speaking, when the ultrasound transducer is placed on a patient’s skin it emits a radio frequency and when that frequency bounces back the transducer collects that information and is able to create an image of what is happening inside the body.

In patients with Deep Vein Thrombosis, the vascular ultrasound transducer is placed on the leg around the area that the blockage is believed to have occurred and an image is sent back to the technician giving them an idea of whether there is a blockage and its severity. Vascular ultrasound is the only non-invasive way to diagnose Deep Vein Thrombosis and other vascular issues in the extremities.

Do you have symptoms which lead you to think you may have a clot in your leg? Get in contact with your cardiologist and request a vascular ultrasound to determine whether or not you need intervention for this potentially life-threatening condition. If you are not already under the care of a cardiologist, contact us today and we’ll introduce you to one of our team members.