A. What is a DVT & PE
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE) are often underdiagnosed and serious, but preventable medical conditions. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a medical condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein. These clots usually develop in the lower leg, thigh, or pelvis, but they can also occur in the arm. It is important to know about DVT because it can happen to anybody and can cause serious illness, disability, and in some cases, death. The good news is that DVT is preventable and treatable if discovered early.
The most serious complication of DVT happens when a part of the clot breaks off and travels through the bloodstream to the lungs, causing a blockage called pulmonary embolism (PE). If the clot is small, and with appropriate treatment, people can recover from PE. However, there could be some damage to the lungs. If the clot is large, it can stop blood from reaching the lungs and can cause death. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/dvt/facts.html
B.Signs and Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) might be related to DVT itself or a PE. See your doctor right away if you have signs or symptoms of either condition. Both DVT and PE can cause serious, possibly life-threatening problems if not treated.
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DVT is often diagnosed using:
PE is often diagnosed using the following:
To lower your risk and help prevent DVT, take these steps:
If you need surgery, your surgeon will review your medical history to help assess your risk for DVT and determine whether you need aggressive measures to prevent it. Your DVT risk may begin with becoming immobile and continue for several months following surgery. However, in some cases, your risk is greatest right after surgery and about 10 days afterward.
Researchers continue to look at the best ways to prevent DVT after surgery. For example, some studies show that using regional anesthesia instead of general anesthesia, when possible, can decrease your DVT risk.
Here are other measures your doctor may suggest to help prevent DVT:
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If you or someone you care about has been seriously injured because of a failure to diagnose and treat a DVT or PE, you should call the medical malpractice attorneys at Edwards & Ragatz, P.A. at (800) 366-1609 for your free consultation or you can fill out the contact us form on our website.