Jefferson University Hospitals

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

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Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) can cause pain and swelling in the feet, legs or thighs, but there can also be no apparent symptoms.

For those with symptoms, the swelling can lead to cramping, enlarged veins, red or discolored skin, as well as feelings of pain or warmth in the effected legs.

If these clots move into the blood stream and then causes a blockage in the lungs, this is a potentially life-threatening complication known as pulmonary embolism (PE). The signs and symptoms of a pulmonary embolism include chest pain, shortness of breath and/or coughing up blood.

What is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)?

DVT is a serious condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in the deep veins in your body. This typically happens in the legs, pelvis or thighs, but it can also happen in other parts of the body.

DVT can be caused by anything that prevents proper circulation caused by a clot that can be a result of injury, surgery, age, smoking, obesity, pregnancy, hormone therapy, certain forms of cancer, a family history of DVT and sitting and/or lying still for prolonged periods of time.

Preventing DVT 

To lower your risk of DVT, you can make lifestyle changes, including quitting smoking, losing weight and maintaining healthy blood pressure. Additionally, you should make sure you keep your blood flowing by stretching your legs or walking around after sitting or lying down for long periods of time.

Multidisciplinary Approach to Care 

Since caring for vascular conditions such as DVT often involves more than one medical specialty, Jefferson Health employs an integrated approach that combines the expertise of specialists in internal medicine, cardiology, interventional cardiology, interventional radiology and vascular surgery.

Our team is experienced in providing a range of treatments for DVT, including medication therapy and the insertion of a filter into the vena cava (a large vein in the abdomen) to prevent clots from entering the lungs. The team of physicians, nurses and pharmacists will coordinate your care and provide personalized consultations and follow-up visits.

Jefferson Health also provides access to the most advanced technologies and techniques used in the treatment of vascular diseases, thanks in part to our participation and leading role in clinical studies.

Make an Appointment

To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) or request an appointment online.