If blood moves too slowly through your veins, it can cause a clump of blood cells 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 can occur in your thigh, or pelvis. Blood clots can occur in other parts of your body, too.
DVT can lead to major health problems. In some cases, it can be fatal. That’s why if you think you have one, you must see a doctor right away.
Not everyone with DVT shows symptoms. But you might notice any of the following:
If a blood clot breaks free and moves through your bloodstream, it travels to your lung and gets stuck in a blood vessel. Doctors call this a pulmonary embolism, or PE. It can be fatal. How big is a blood clot?
Some people don’t know they have DVT until this happens.
Signs of PE include:
Many things can increase your chances of getting DVT. Here are some of the most common:
Imaging of Calf Veins
Radiology Department often miss up to 50% of the 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!
Truffles Vein Specialists is dedicated to vascular testing and provides comprehensive vascular testing. Call to schedule your next vascular exam.
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