Deep Venous and Pulmonary Embolism Therapies
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot develops in a deep vein, usually in the leg area. It can arise if you sit or lay down for long periods of time when you are recovering from a surgical procedure or on a long airplane flight. It can also be related to medications such as oral contraceptive pills or may be hereditary.
Pulmonary embolism (PE) arises if a blood clot break off and makes its way through your bloodstream into the lungs. The blood clot may obstruct a blood vessel in your lungs and cause significant damage.
Here at PULSE, Dr. Majeed specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of both DVT and PE.
Symptoms of DVT and PE
Half of the individuals who experience DVT do not display any symptoms. However, those who do show symptoms may notice:
- Redness and warmth of the skin
In the event the blood clot travels into the lungs and PE develops, symptoms may include:
- Pain which worsens during coughing or deep breathing
- Shortness of breath or coughing
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
DVT and PE Treatments
If you have DVT or PE, our goal will be to shrink the blood clot and prevent any further blood clots. Some of the treatments we may recommend include:
- Blood thinners: Blood thinners can be taken in pill form or injected and are formulated to decrease the blood’s ability to clot. While blood thinners do not break up blood clots that already exist, they can prevent blood clots from increasing and reduce the risk of future clots developing.
- Clot busters: Clot busters are prescribed in serious cases of DVT or PE and are intended to break up blood clots through an IV or catheter that is placed into the clot directly.
- Filters: Filters are reserved for patients who cannot take blood thinning medications. They are inserted into a large vein in the abdomen known as the inferior vena cava and prevent blood clots that break loose from damaging the lungs.
- Interventional Therapies: Blood clots can be removed by mechanical suction devices. Angioplasty and stenting can also performed in areas of obstruction. A balloon is used to open a narrowed or blocked vein. A stent may also be inserted to keep the vein open. In addition, a catheter may be used to direct medication that dissolves blood clots directly.
- Compression stockings:Compression stockings are worn on the legs and can prevent swelling.
Contact PULSE Today
If you are showing symptoms of or have been diagnosed with DVT or PE, schedule an appointment at our office today.