DVT, or deep vein thrombosis, affects an estimated 2 million Americans each year. The symptoms of DVT may be subtle and are sometimes difficult to detect. The most common suggestion there might be a DVT is leg swelling, ache, calf tenderness or leg pain, as described in this checklist. When DVT is spotted early and properly treated, the risk of complication is reduced. When left untreated, it may cause severe complications, some even fatal. March is DVT Awareness Month. For more information, this “stop the clot” infographic can be helpful.
Seek treatment when concerned
When you are concerned that you or your patient might have a blood clot, please give us a call or seek appropriate medical attenton. DVT is more common in patients at risk, so its important to know your risks. We reserve appointments specifically for DVT during the week for “rule outs “daily, so there is always a place for your patient on our schedule. If your patient is diagnosed with a DVT, our providers will manage the DVT with you. over time in accordance with the national treatment guidelines. We have developed a treatment algorithm based off of the national treatment guidelines to offer your patients the national standard of care for treatment and follow up. If necessary, our office can start you or your patient on anti-coagulation immediately. Additionally, our office carries compression stockings that can be measured and purchased in the same day if needed to help reduce leg swelling. In rare cases, when needed, we can refer you for more advanced interventions like catheter directed thrombolysis when indicated.
Patient education and appropriate treatment are important
One of the keys to a newly diagnosed blood clot is patient education. At Inovia, will discuss the treatment options with your patient, and counsel them on what they can do to minimize their risks going forward.
All along the way, we will continue to keep you informed about your patient’s progress. Together, we can make a difference in the diagnosis and treatment of DVT in Central Oregon.
If you are concerned that you or your patient has a DVT, contact us at at one of sites in Bend, Tigard or NW Portland, Oregon, and we will do our best to get you or your patient in right away. On weekends, when the offices are not open, patients can be seen urgently if needed in the ER or the urgent care and then followed up the following week in the clinic, as needed.