Deep Vein Thrombosis Specialist

Vascular Associates of San Diego

Vein Specialists & Vascular Specialists located in San Diego County, La Mesa, CA

The immediate danger of having a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is that the blood clot in your leg could travel to your lungs, causing a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism. If you have any DVT symptoms, it's vital to seek help from experts like the Vascular Associates of San Diego team in La Mesa, California, and serving all of San Diego County. Their experienced vascular surgeons offer on-site diagnostics and fast, effective treatments to resolve your condition. Find out more by calling their office today, or book an appointment online.

Deep Vein Thrombosis Q & A

What is deep vein thrombosis?

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition where one or more blood clots form deep in your veins. Some people have a DVT without developing any symptoms, but you could experience:

  • Swelling affecting one leg
  • Pain and cramping
  • Soreness or tenderness
  • Skin discoloration
  • Heat in the leg

These symptoms could be mild or become so severe you have difficulty walking. If you do have symptoms, you shouldn't ignore them, even if they don't seem that bad. Always seek medical attention in case you do have a DVT.

What problems can a deep vein thrombosis cause?

Two issues make deep vein thrombosis a serious condition:

Pulmonary embolism

A pulmonary embolism occurs if part of a blood clot in your leg breaks away, travels along your circulatory system, and lodges in your lungs. It's a potentially life-threatening condition and requires emergency medical treatment.

Postphlebitic syndrome

Also called post-thrombitic syndrome, this refers to DVT-related damage to your veins that could leave you with long-term leg pain and swelling. Severe damage could lead to chronic venous insufficiency and the development of leg ulcers.

What causes deep vein thrombosis?

DVTs develop when there's a problem with your circulation, or your blood is clotting too readily. Immobility is often enough to cause a clot, so long journeys or being confined to bed after surgery, for example, are likely causes.

Other risk factors include:

  • Inherited blood-clotting disorders
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having hormone replacement therapy or taking birth control pills
  • Smoking
  • Suffering heart failure
  • Vein injuries
  • Having inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Family history of DVT

Your provider at Vascular Associates of San Diego can promptly confirm whether you have a DVT using their sophisticated on-site diagnostic technologies.

How is deep vein thrombosis treated?

The Vascular Associates of San Diego team needs to make sure a clot in your leg doesn't break off and cause a pulmonary embolism. Anticoagulant therapy (blood-thinning medication) to reduce your blood's stickiness is usually the primary treatment.

You might be on IV (intravenous) medication such as heparin, oral warfarin medication, or a combination of the two. If you have a severe DVT or a pulmonary embolism, you might need to use clot-busting medications called thrombolytics to break the clot down safely.

If you're unable to take medication to thin your blood, your provider can perform a procedure to fit a filter in the large vena cava vein in your abdomen. This filter prevents any clots that break away from your leg veins from reaching your lungs.

For expert treatment of your DVT and the complications it can cause, call Vascular Associates of San Diego or book an appointment online today.