Deep Vein Thrombosis (cont.)
Benjamin Wedro, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Dr. Ben Wedro practices emergency medicine at Gundersen Clinic, a regional trauma center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. His background includes undergraduate and medical studies at the University of Alberta, a Family Practice internship at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
In this Article
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) definition and facts
- What is deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?
- What does DVT (blood clot) look like?
- What are the signs and symptoms of deep venous thrombosis (DVT)?
- What are the signs and symptoms of superficial thrombophlebitis?
- What are the causes of deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?
- Hypercoagulability (coagulation of blood faster than usual)
- Who is at risk for developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?
- When should I seek medical care for deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?
- Which specialties of doctors treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?
- How is deep vein thrombosis (DVT) diagnosed?
- What are the treatment guidelines for deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?
- What is the treatment of superficial thrombophlebitis?
- What medications treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?
- Warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven)
- What are the side effects and risks of anticoagulation therapy for DVT?
- What about surgery for deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?
- What are the complications of deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?
- Can deep vein thrombosis (DVT) be prevented?
- Find a local Cardiologist in your town
What are the causes of deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?
Blood is meant to flow. If it becomes stagnant, there is a potential for it to clot. The blood in veins constantly forms microscopic clots that are routinely broken down by the body. If the balance of clot formation and clot breakdown is altered, significant clotting may occur. A thrombus can form if one or a combination of the following situations is present.
- Prolonged travel and sitting, such as long airplane flights ("economy class syndrome"), car, or train travel
- Trauma to the lower leg with or without surgery or casting
- Pregnancy, including 6-8 weeks post-partum after delivery of the baby
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