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Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that forms in a major vein of the body, causing blockage. Though it usually forms in the lower leg, thigh or pelvis, it can also form in the arms or other areas of the body. Left untreated, DVT can lead to a pulmonary embolism, which occurs when a blood clot breaks loose and travels through the bloodstream to the lungs.

The team at the Vascular Center at UM BWMC specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). 

Risk Factors for Deep Vein Thrombosis

  • Advanced age (age 60 or older)
  • Childbirth within the last 6 months
  • Extended bed rest or immobility
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Lung disease
  • Obesity
  • Previous DVT or family history of DVT
  • Previous cancer diagnosis
  • Recent surgery or trauma
  • Tobacco and smoking use

DVT Symptoms

Many people with deep vein thrombosis don’t experience any symptoms. About half of people with DVT experience common symptoms like pain, swelling, tenderness, and redness of the skin in the affected part of the body. The affected area may also be warm and/or discolored. Symptoms of pulmonary embolism include chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness and excessive sweating.

Seek immediate care if you experience these symptoms.

DVT Diagnosis and Treatment

Early diagnosis and treatment of deep vein thrombosis is important to reduce the risk of serious complications.

DVT is diagnosed through a physical exam, a review of your medical history and imaging tests. Treatment options may include medications (including blood-thinning medicine). If you are unable to take blood thinners, other medicines or procedures can help.

The team at the Vascular Center at UM BWMC will help you decide what treatments are best for you.

Contact Us

For more information or to make an appointment with the Vascular Center at UM BWMC, call 410-553-8300.

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