Your legs contain some of your body’s biggest veins, and they must work against gravity to return blood to the heart. When deep vein thrombosis occurs in these veins, they require treatment to avoid complications. Fortunately, a customized treatment plan can improve symptoms and protect your health.
What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition that occurs in the deep veins of the legs. If blood flow slows through these veins, blood can form clots. Your blood naturally clots in response to injuries, but clots inside your veins can block blood flow. Pieces of this clot can break off and become trapped in the veins to the lungs, a life-threatening situation.
DVT may cause leg cramps or pain but often has few or no symptoms. Dr. Robert Cutchen at Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute often diagnoses the condition with a venous duplex ultrasound that lets him visualize flow through the veins.