Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT ) is when a blood clot forms in a deep vein, one that drains blood from a major area of the body. If the clot travels through the veins to other parts of the body, it can cause serious complications or even death. 

UF Health vascular surgeons at Halifax Health manage deep vein thrombosis through a combination of therapies. One of these is percutaneous management of deep vein thrombosis and requires local anesthesia in the affected area. The surgeon will insert a small catheter into the blood clot to deliver blood thinner medications directly. In some patients, a small filter is placed in the body’s largest vein to prevent blood clots from traveling to the lungs.

Symptoms of deep vein thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis may happen without symptoms. Common symptoms include pain, swelling, and redness in the leg, arm, or other area. These symptoms may mean that you have a blood clot. The symptoms of a blood clot may also look like other medical conditions. Always work with your healthcare provide for a diagnosis. 

Deep vein thrombosis risk factors

  • Overweight or obesity
  • Blood clotting disorder
  • Age over 60 years
  • Surgery
  • A long period of not moving, for example, when in the hospital or on a long trip
  • Birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy
  • Paralysis
  • Pregnancy
  • Having a central venous catheter, for example, in a large vein in the chest
  • Certain diseases and conditions, such as:
    • Previous blood clot
    • Varicose veins
    • Heart problems, such as heart failure, or heart attack
    • Inflammatory bowel disease
    • Lupus, a disease of the immune system
    • Cancer and some cancer treatments

About UF Health Heart and Vascular Surgery at Halifax Health

Halifax Health has collaborated with University of Florida Health (UF Health) to bring advanced thoracic, cardiovascular and vascular surgical care to Volusia, Flagler and Brevard Counties. Board-certified and fellowship-trained cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons from UF Health lead the program and are located at the main campus of Halifax Health in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Halifax Health serves as the areas only Level II Trauma Center and through this partnership with UF Health we can now expand on the services available to our community. 

To make an appointment, please call 386.226.2662