Deep Vein Thrombosis, or DVT, is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body. This occurs when blood thickens and clumps together. They can occur in other parts of the body but most often located in the lower leg and thigh.
There are a number of reasons why clots can form. Damage to the veins can happen in a number of settings, including recent surgeries, accidents, trauma, or injury. Lack of blood movement, also called stasis, can cause clots. This occurs when a person is immobilized, including hospitalization, confinement, and sitting for long periods while traveling.
DVT occurs in up to two million people each year in the U.S. Pulmonary embolism-it’s potentially fatal complication-claims approximately 300,000 lives annually. More than breast cancer and AIDS combined.
Most common symptoms of a DVT are pain in the calf as well as swelling of the lower leg. Unfortunately, only about half the people with a DVT have a combination of the symptoms. Some patients have no symptoms at all.
Vascular Ultrasound, a non-invasive imaging study, can determine if there are blood clots in the leg veins. In general, if you are concerned about the possibility of a blood clot in your leg, call INOVIA® or seek immediate medical attention.