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Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition characterised by the formation of blood clots in the deep veins, typically in the legs. These clots can pose serious health risks if left untreated, as they have the potential to dislodge and travel to the lungs, causing life-threatening conditions. However, when discovered and treated early,  DVT is preventable and treatable.

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What you should know about Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

What is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)?

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is the formation of blood clots in the deep veins, typically in the legs. If these clots dislodge and reach the lungs, they can cause a life-threatening pulmonary embolism. Recognising and treating DVT is crucial to prevent complications like chronic leg issues and mitigate the risk of severe consequences.

What Are The Symptoms Of  Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

The symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) may include:

  • Leg Pain: Persistent discomfort, tenderness, or cramping in one leg.

  • Swelling: Swelling, often accompanied by a feeling of heaviness or warmth.

  • Red or Discoloured Skin: The affected leg may appear reddish or have noticeable discolouration.

  • Enlarged Veins: Visible swelling of the veins just beneath the skin's surface.


Who Is At Risk Of Developing Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Several factors increase the risk of developing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), including:

Sedentary Lifestyle: Prolonged periods of immobility or bed rest.
Surgery or Trauma: Recent surgery, particularly joint replacement, or significant injury.
Medical Conditions: Conditions like cancer, heart disease, and inflammatory disorders.
Genetic Factors: Inherited blood clotting disorders.
Age: DVT risk increases with age, especially for those over 60.
Obesity: Excess weight puts added pressure on veins.
Smoking: Smoking can damage blood vessels and increase clotting risk.
Hormonal Factors: Birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, and pregnancy.
Previous DVT: History of a previous deep vein thrombosis.


How Can I Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)?

Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) involves staying active, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding prolonged periods of immobility. Additionally, managing chronic conditions, staying hydrated, and discussing individual risk factors with a healthcare provider are essential steps to reduce the likelihood of DVT.

How Is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Diagnosed?

Diagnosing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) involves a comprehensive approach, including a detailed medical history review and a physical examination to assess symptoms like leg pain and swelling. Ultrasound imaging is commonly employed to visualise blood flow and identify clots in the affected veins,

How Is A Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Treated?

The treatment of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) typically involves:

  • Anticoagulation (Blood Thinners): The primary treatment involves anticoagulant medications to prevent clot progression and reduce the risk of further clots.

  • Compression Stockings: Wearing compression stockings is recommended to alleviate symptoms, reduce swelling, and promote blood circulation in the affected area.

  • Surgical Procedures: In certain cases, surgical interventions may be considered, such as physically removing the clot, or inserting a filter to stop the clot from moving to the lungs.

Dr Desmond Ooi: Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Treatment in Singapore

Dr. Desmond Ooi adopts a personalised strategy in treating deep vein thrombosis, combining methods like anticoagulation, compression therapy, and, when needed, surgical interventions. Beyond clot management, his patient-centric approach focuses on holistic care to improve overall vein health. If you're facing deep vein thrombosis concerns, schedule an appointment with Dr. Desmond Ooi for comprehensive and considerate care.

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