If the venous blood moves too slowly through your veins, it can cause blood cells to clump together; this is called a clot. When a blood clot forms in a vein deep inside your body, it causes what doctors call “deep vein thrombosis” (DVT). This is most likely to happen in your lower leg; however, it can occur in your thigh or pelvis. Blood clots can occur in other parts of your body, too. DVT can lead to significant health problems. In some cases, it can be fatal. That’s why you must immediately seek medical attention if you think you have one.
Not everyone with DVT shows symptoms. But you might notice any of the following:
A pulmonary embolism (PE) is when a blood clot breaks free and moves through your veins. It travels to your lung and gets stuck in a blood vessel that provides oxygen to the lungs. Doctors call this a pulmonary embolism, or PE. It can be fatal or cause significant long-term disability. PEs can vary in size, and most fatal PEs are from large blood clots that travel from the legs or pelvis. How big is a blood clot? It surprises most people that many healthcare physicians do not understand blood clots or DVTs and how they affect their patients.
Some people don't know they have DVT until a PE happens.
Signs of PE include:
Many things can increase your likelihood of getting DVT. Here are the most common:
Imaging of Calf Veins
Did you know that the American College of Radiology doesn't require imaging below the knee!
Radiology Department often misses up to 50% of deep vein thrombosis due to poor imaging protocols.
An 8-year study showed that 98% of DVT found above the knee had calf involvement and that 54% of the patients who had confirmed DVT would have been called normal if the calf was not imaged.
Dedicated Vascular Lab
If you are having a vascular ultrasound performed, it should be by a Registered Vascular Technologist or Sonographer. RVT or RVS. Even then, as a patient, it is your right to know how much experience they have. Ask questions; it is your right!
We use Core Study Cast cloud based PACS. This enables us to share your test and the images anywhere in the world immediately.