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Conditions We Treat: Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that forms inside a vein deep in the body, often (but not always) in a leg. If the clot breaks off and travels to the lungs via the heart, it can cause a severe condition called pulmonary embolism, which means lung obstruction. A pulmonary embolism can be fatal.
Deep Vein Thrombosis: What You Need to Know
- People may be at risk if they had recent surgery, an injury to the leg, have recently given birth, have damaged veins or a genetic predisposition to a higher likelihood of clotting.
- Another cause is being immobile for a long time. Compression stockings may help prevent a clot by improving circulation in your legs if you are immobile due to airplane travel or bed rest.
- Thrombophlebitis, inflammation of a superficial vein is not a DVT. This condition can happen in patients with varicose veins.
- The goal of treatment is to prevent the clot from growing or breaking off. Your doctor may also give you blood thinning medication as treatment.
Prevention is far better than treatment. Consult your doctor if you are at risk due to a medical condition or if you are taking a long flight.
Why choose Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute for treatment of deep vein thrombosis?
Our vascular surgeons are at the forefront of diagnosis and treatment of deep vein thrombosis.
Learn more about vascular treatments at Johns Hopkins.Meet our physicians:
The Johns Hopkins Noninvasive Vascular Laboratory is one of the nation’s most elite vascular labs.