Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition that occurs due to the formation of blood clots in the deep veins that are located in the body. These clots usually develop in the lower legs, thigh or pelvis, but can also appear in other parts of the body. A condition of DVT can be very serious as blood clots in the veins can break loose, travel through the bloodstream and get stuck in the lungs, leading to a complication called pulmonary embolism which is the blocking of the blood flow.
A deep vein thrombosis typically forms due to a slow circulation of blood in the veins. This slow movement of blood can result in the formation of blood clots in the veins located deep inside your body.
Acute deep vein thrombosis
Chronic deep vein thrombosis
In this stage the blood flows freely and mixes with anticoagulants present in the blood that keeps the blood cells from clotting.
General measures that can help in lowering the risk of developing a deep vein thrombosis include; avoiding smoking, maintaining a healthy body weight, exercising regularly, wearing compression stockings, avoiding dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids, avoiding alcoholic fluids, and specific leg and breathing exercises to encourage blood flow in the legs. Although these measures can help in preventing the occurrence of a DVT, it is always the right decision to consult a doctor and seek appropriate treatment for your condition.
Myth 1: Blood clots only happen to older patients with poor health conditions.
Fact: Certainly not. The fact is, everyone is at the risk of developing a blood clot, irrespective of their age, gender and health conditions. However, older patients with poor health conditions have a higher risk of suffering from a pulmonary embolism.
Myth 2: DVT is not a serious condition.
Fact: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a serious medical condition that can result in complications that can potentially be fatal.
Myth 3: Women are at a greater risk of DVT
Fact: As DVT is associated with birth control and pregnancy to an extent, it is a common assumption that women have an increased risk of developing blood clots. However, statistically, men have a higher rate of occurrence of DVT and pulmonary embolism.
Myth 4: Blood clots are not common and the complications of DVT are rare.
Fact: Worldwide, one out of every four people die of the conditions caused by blood clots, particularly DVT. Complications of DVT can be severe if proper treatment is not received on time.
A condition of deep vein thrombosis can lead to severe complications if the blood clots break loose and travel through your bloodstream. This blood clot can get stuck in your lungs resulting in a condition of pulmonary embolism which can be fatal.
If you experience any of the signs and symptoms of DVT, that include swelling, pain, and skin discoloration, you should consult a doctor without making any further delay in your treatment.
If you experience signs and symptoms like sudden shortness of breath, chest pain, rapid pulse, coughing up blood or dizziness, it is an indication that your condition has escalated into a pulmonary embolism. Pulmonary embolism is considered a medical emergency as it can result in complications that are immediately life-threatening.
There are certain non-invasive treatment options for treating a condition of deep vein thrombosis by preventing the blood clot from getting bigger or breaking loose and travelling to the lungs. Depending upon the severity of your condition, the doctor might prescribe a number medications or preventive gears that include:
Since DVT is a condition that is medically necessary to be treated, therefore its treatment is covered under insurance at Pristyn Care. Before you undergo the treatment, our insurance will check all your insurance related documents and inform you about the insurance coverage of the treatment. To learn more about the insurance-related formalities, you can get in touch with our coordinators.
The recovery rate after undergoing a deep vein thrombosis surgery varies from patient to patient depending upon a number of factors such as the severity of the condition, postoperative precautions, properly following the doctor’s instructions and how the patient’s body reacts to the treatment.
In most cases, the pain and swelling caused by a condition of deep vein thrombosis usually starts to get better within a few days of the treatment and you can get back to your routine life within a week of the surgery. However, in some cases, a post-thrombotic syndrome may develop followed by symptoms like swelling, pain, and discoloration of the skin around the affected area.
Like any other case, surgeries do not necessarily end up solving the problem. Taking preventive measures play an equally important role in ensuring a faster recovery, ruling out the risks of any possible complications.
Approximately 60% of the patients recover from a deep vein thrombosis without any residual symptoms. However, the remaining 40% of the patients will experience post-thrombotic symptoms to an extent, out of which 4% will go through symptoms that can be severe.
Additional care and certain adjustments in lifestyle can ensure the best possible outcome of the treatment. Since there is an increased chance of the DVT returning within the initial six months or two years of receiving the treatment, taking adequate precautions during the recovery period plays an important role in determining the prognosis of a deep vein thrombosis.
On 25th of August, a patient named Anant Tyagi, a man in his 30’s, was brought to us after he complained of suffering from excruciating pain that initially felt like a muscle spasm and gradually got a lot worse.
The patient was immediately consulted by one of our best doctors, Dr. Bhaskar M.V. Upon a thorough diagnosis, it was found out that he had a blood clot that moved up to his lung [pulmonary embolism], causing a part of the lung to collapse. The formation of the blood clot inside Anant’s legs was nothing but the result of a condition called Deep Vein Thrombosis. Dr. Bhaskar further carried out his diagnosis by conducting a series of tests and prescribed anticoagulants to slow down and prevent the formation of other clots. Anant says; “Never did I think that I would unknowingly suffer from such a severe and serious complication. It was only after consulting Dr. Bhaskar, that I got informed about the condition. After going through the treatment process, I feel I have just started living my life for my family.”
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Is DVT a life-threatening condition?
If proper treatment is delayed, a DVT can turn into a life-threatening complication. As the clots continue to grow, it increases the chance of these clots to break loose and reach the lungs through the bloodstream. This leads to the development of a fatal complication which is known as a pulmonary embolism.
Can exercising help in improving the symptoms of DVT?
Yes. Exercising can significantly improve the symptoms of DVT. It helps in improving the blood circulation, preventing the formation of blood clots.
Can wearing compression stockings help in improving my symptoms of DVT?
Wearing compression stockings can help in increasing the blood flow and reduce the swelling in the affected area. Hence, wearing stockings can help in preventing the possible complications of a DVT to some extent.
Which doctor should I consult for treating my blood clots or DVT?
You should consider consulting a hematologist, radiologist or vascular surgeon to seek treatment for your blood clots or deep vein thrombosis.
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During the initial consultation, the doctor will have a detailed discussion and examine the condition of your deep vein thrombosis.
After a thorough assessment, the doctor will come up with the best treatment plan for you and take you through all the necessary steps to get your condition of DVT treated in the most effective way.