Deep Vein Thrombosis, or DVT, is a condition most people associate with blood clots in the legs. DVT occurs when a blood clot (thrombus) forms in the deep veins, most commonly of the legs, pelvis, or arms. DVT occurs in up to two million people each year in the U.S. Pulmonary embolism — its potentially fatal complication — claims approximately 300,000 lives annually. This is more than breast cancer and AIDS combined.
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Once a DVT is diagnosed, it can usually be treated as an outpatient by prescribing anticoagulants, such as Eliquis or Xarelto. The length of treatment depends on the situation, but is generally 3 months for most straightforward DVTs. In patients who have had multiple prior DVTs, or who have other indications they might have a hypercoaguable state, a referral to a hematologist can be made to determine if a longer length of therapy is indicated. In extreme cases, where there is major obstruction of venous return from the legs, there are international procedures such as catheter directed thrombolysis that can be considered. This usually requires referral to a hospital setting.
Deep Vein Thrombosis at our Bend and Tigard, Oregon, vein centers is taken very seriously. With our state-of-the-art vascular lab and our experienced surgeons, options for preventing and treating DVT can be tailored to your particular needs. Request a consultation today with one of our specialists.