Blood Clots - Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT):

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a serious condition characterized by the formation of blood clots in the deep veins of the legs or pelvis. These clots can obstruct blood flow, leading to potentially life-threatening complications such as pulmonary embolism (PE) if they break loose and travel to the lungs. Dr. Sri Harshas Guthikonda specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of DVT, providing comprehensive care to patients at risk or affected by this condition.

    Symptoms of DVT:

    DVT can present with various symptoms, which may include:

  1. Swelling: Swelling, usually in one leg, often accompanied by pain or tenderness.
  2. Pain: Persistent pain or cramping, often starting in the calf and feeling like a pulled muscle.
  3. Warmth and Redness: The affected area may feel warm to the touch and appear red or discolored.
  4. Skin Changes: Skin over the affected vein may become red or discolored, and in some cases, develop ulcers.
  5. Vein Hardening: The affected vein may feel hardened or cord-like to the touch.
  6. It's essential to recognize these symptoms and seek prompt medical attention if you experience any of them, especially if you have risk factors for DVT such as prolonged immobility, recent surgery, or a history of clotting disorders.

    Prevention: Prevention is key to reducing the risk of DVT, especially for individuals with risk factors such as obesity, smoking, or a sedentary lifestyle. Dr. Guthikonda provides personalized recommendations for DVT prevention, which may include:

  1. Regular exercise to improve circulation
  2. Avoiding prolonged periods of immobility, such as sitting for long hours or bed rest after surgery
  3. Compression stockings to improve blood flow in the legs
  4. Medications to prevent clot formation in high-risk situations, such as during long flights or after certain surgeries