Deep Vein Thrombosis

The DVT Center at Iowa Heart is Iowa’s premier deep vein thrombosis treatment and prevention center. Deep vein thrombosis, also known as DVT, is a serious condition that occurs when a blood clot forms inside a vein.

Symptoms may include leg pain, especially in the calf, swelling and associated warmth and redness in the affected extremity. Symptoms may appear suddenly or progress slowly over time. These symptoms are critical and demand medical attention. If left untreated, DVT can develop into a pulmonary embolism, a clot that can be fatal. 

The specialists at the DVT Center at Iowa Heart are equipped with state-of-the-art technologies to help prevent, diagnose and treat DVT. During your appointment, your doctor will work with you to create a cutting-edge treatment plan based on your needs. For more information about the DVT Center or to schedule an appointment, call our West Des Moines office at 877-413-VEIN.

Symptoms

Symptoms

Approximately 50% of those with Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) have no recognizable symptoms. Leg pain, especially in the calf, is one of the most common symptoms. Symptoms may also include swelling, associated warmth and redness in the affected extremity. Symptoms may appear suddenly or progress slowly over time.

If the clot breaks loose and becomes a pulmonary embolism (PE), symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath, rapid pulse, or a cough. There may also be a feeling of apprehension, sweating or fainting. These symptoms are critical and demand immediate medical attention.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis

When DVT is suspected through clinical examination, diagnostic testing is then indicated. An ultrasound scan is usually ordered because it is non-invasive and highly accurate. A specific blood test may be performed to measure “D-dimer” as a sign of recent clotting. If this test is negative, it is very unlikely that you have suffered a DVT.

Am I a Candidate?

Determine if you are at risk for developing or already have symptoms for venous disease.