Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is a condition where blood clots form in the legs due to damaged or weakened valves in the veins. These clots can be dangerous, blocking the necessary blood supply to the lower extremities. These clots can even travel to more vital locations such as the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism.
To combat these symptoms, we offer same-day ultrasound studies for evaluating and preventing DVT. Our providers meet personally with each patient after their ultrasound to discuss results. As we are an outpatient medical clinic, the cost for our ultrasound study is estimated to be approximately 1/3 of a hospital or Emergency Room’s charge for the same testing. Rather than going to the ER, we can perform the studies and appropriately advise patients on how and when they will need further care.
Appropriate Treatment Options For Specific Situations
Within minutes of our accurate ultrasound, we can locate the location of the clot (or clots) that affect you and offer you a treatment option that suits your specific needs. These treatments include:
- Blood thinners, or anticoagulants, decrease the body’s ability to form blood clots. Counter to common belief, blood thinners do not break up existing blood clots. They do, however, stop the progression of clotting, create an environment for your body’s own enzymes to break down clots, and decrease inflammation. New anticoagulants no longer require injections, routine monitoring, or adjustments in diet.
- Compression stockings are a great way to prevent clots from forming in surface veins. The pressure applied through the stockings restricts the affected veins, reducing the chances of clots and allowing blood to flow more normally.
- For rare or serious cases, we may recommend a procedure to remove the clot. This is referred to as catheter-directed thrombolysis. This treatment is reserved for clots that extend into the iliac veins and only for patients with a low risk of complications.
More You Can Do
With assistance from the trained doctors and staff at Heart of Dixie Vein and Vascular Center, we recommend taking preventative measures into your own hands once treatment has begun. Some of the simple changes you can make to prevent DVT includes:
- Get up and stay active as soon as you can once treatment begins.
- Avoid sitting for long amounts of time. On road trips, take frequent breaks (once every one or two hours) to walk around, flex your muscles, and stretch.
- Maintain healthy body weight.
- Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated to allow your circulatory system to flow unrestricted.
Before you visit with us, it may be wise to have your own set of questions to ask us to ensure you have all the information you need to prevent another thrombus from forming. Some of these questions might include:
- What tests will I need to get to help my prevention?
- Will I need to restrict my physical activity? Or will I need to increase it?
- What is the most likely cause of my DVT?
- What treatment options do I have?
- Are there alternative treatments?
Prevent Health Risks with Heart of Dixie
We have a staff of highly trained experts to treat and manage venous thrombosis using current guidelines and evidence-based medicine. We accept same-day referrals for DVT rule-out ultrasound, Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM. Call the number below to refer your patient urgently for a DVT ultrasound or click here to send a referral for a non-urgent vascular ultrasound study. Heart of Dixie’s doctors and staff are excited to help you heal!