How can I tell if I have a blood clot?

How can I tell if I have a blood clot? (Deep Vein Thrombosis) 

Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT is a blood clot in your deep veins, most commonly in your legs. Symptoms of a DVT can vary between persons and some people may not experience any symptoms at all. Some of the more common symptoms may include:

  • Swelling in the affected leg, often in the calf or thigh
  • Pain or tenderness in the affected leg. This pain may mimic a muscle cramp.
  • Warmth or redness may be present.
  • Skin may be discolored a bluish or reddish color.

DVT is a serious condition because the blood clots can break loose and travel through your bloodstream, blocking blood flow to your lungs, which can cause sudden death.

How is a DVT diagnosed? 

Trident Vein Center is qualified to diagnose DVT. Our team includes board-certified Interventional Radiologist, Dr. Thomas Cunningham and several highly trained ultrasound technicians who specialize in the diagnosis and management of vein disease and DVT’s. Using state-of-the-art technology and techniques, they can accurately diagnose DVT and provide the appropriate treatment to prevent complications such as pulmonary embolism and post-thrombotic syndrome. If you are experiencing symptoms of DVT or have risk factors for this condition, seek medical attention from a qualified specialist such as Trident Vein Center to ensure proper diagnosis and management.

What is the treatment for a DVT? 

Treatment for DVT usually includes blood-thinning medications (anticoagulants) that prevent new clots from forming or prevent existing clots from getting larger. Periodic follow up ultrasounds are used to assess the resolution of a DVT.

It is important that anticoagulants only be taken under the guidance of a medical professional.

If you suspect you have DVT, seek medical attention immediately. 

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