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Deep vein thrombosis, also known as DVT is a serious condition in which a blood clot develops in a person’s veins. DVT generally causes pain and swelling in the involved area. It is very important to do an ultrasound to promptly diagnose DVT if the symptoms are concerning. At VIVAA, Dr. Sidhu will discuss the symptoms and will do ultrasound right away if DVT is suspected. Once the diagnosis is made, treatment depends on the extent of the thrombus.

Dr. Sidhu will sometimes use special medication and tools to break up and remove the clot from the involved vein to prevent long-term leg/arm swelling and pain issues. It is very important to treat DVT aggressively to prevent long-term disability. Dr. Sidhu will also discuss the latest medications to treat DVT. Sometimes patients will need an IVC filter (a screen put in the big vein in the abdomen) to prevent the blood clot from traveling to the lungs.

Sometimes the clot can break up and travel to the lungs and can cause pulmonary embolism. Pulmonary embolism is diagnosed with a CT scan and in the most serious cases can need a procedure to dissolve the clot to prevent the long-term sequel of pulmonary hypertension.

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CHRONIC DVT AND POST PHLEBITIC SYNDROME

Chronic ilio-femoral DVT can lead to occlusion of the iliac veins. This results in chronic leg swelling, pain in the leg, ultimately thickening/redness of the skin and even development of wounds.

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Discover comprehensive treatment for deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism symptoms at Vein, Vascular & Aesthetic Associates. Serving the communities of Everett, Issaquah, Kirkland, Newcastle, Seattle and Sammamish.

When you need vascular and endovascular procedures or vascular ultrasound, choose the double board-certified surgeon at Vein, Vascular & Aesthetic Services. For more information or to make an appointment, call us today at 425-250-9999. For your convenience, you can use our online Request an Appointment form.



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