Deep vein thrombosis or DVT is a potentially dangerous condition that needs medical attention. A blood clot in the leg can break loose and travel up to your lungs, causing a life-threatening pulmonary embolism. In addition, left untreated, this condition causes deterioration of the venous valves, leading to severe venous insufficiency, leg swelling, hyperpigmentation and ulcers. To avoid the danger, seek deep vein thrombosis treatment from a DVT doctor like Dr. Sergei Sobolevsky at the Downtown Vein & Vascular Center in Brooklyn. An expert in diagnostic radiology, he finds the blood clot and then removes the threat. Call today for decisive diagnosis and fast treatment.
What Is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Deep vein thrombosis, also known as DVT, is a vascular condition caused by a clot in a large, deep vein. This kind of clot can develop anywhere in your body, but it most often appears in one of your legs. The vein condition presents severe symptoms, including pain and swelling that can become chronic and affect your daily life.
If left untreated, the deep vein blood clot can break loose and travel through the vein to your lungs, where it can cause a life-threatening pulmonary embolism (PE), which requires immediate medical treatment. An early diagnosis for a blood clot in a deep vein can save your life. At the Downtown Vein & Vascular Center in Brooklyn, Dr. Sergei Sobolevsky, a leading endovascular specialist, leads an expert team to offer effective, life-saving treatment.
What Causes Blood Clots in a Deep Vein?
Various medical conditions and other circumstances can cause blood clotting in a deep vein.
DVT doctors have identified some risk factors, such as:
- Vein damage or trauma. An injury to a blood vessel wall induces inflammation, which constricts the flow of blood and causes circulation problems, increasing the risk of a blood clot. A bone fracture may also cause a blood clot.
- Previous surgery. Surgical procedures may damage a blood vessel, which may lead to a blood clot, especially is you’ve had a catheter in a vein.
- Certain Your doctor warns you about side effects from some medications, such as birth control pills or hormone therapy drugs, which may cause a clot.
- Advancing age. With age comes health complications that may affect the strength of your blood vessels, leading to circulation problems.
- Some diseases. If you’ve suffered COVID-19, inflammatory bowel disease, lupus another similar disorder, you may be at risk of a clot. Heart failure or a heart attack also increase your risk of a clot.
- Weight problems. Obesity, or just carrying more weight than is healthy, exerts more pressure on your veins, potentially leading to circulation problems.
- The risk of a blood clot during pregnancy is high, so your doctor may prescribe medication if you’re at risk.
- If you have a family history of blood clots, you may be more at risk of getting DVT.
- A sedentary lifestyle. Inactivity over long periods increases the risk of poor blood circulation and the development of blood clots.
Other risk factors include smoking cigarettes, having had a previous blood clot and enduring cancer treatments like chemotherapy. If any of these categories fit you, you may be at risk of deep vein thrombosis.
Dr. Sobolevsky was patient and thorough during my vein treatment. He took the time to explain the procedure and what to expect. He was also available to answer any questions I had throughout the process. I would highly recommend him for anyone seeking vein treatment.
Do I Have a Deep Vein Blood Clot?
Anyone can develop a blood clot in a deep vein, but a top vascular doctor can diagnose a deep vein blood clot even when no symptoms are present.
Some of the more common symptoms of DVT include:
- Leg cramping and pain
- A warm sensation in the skin in the leg with a vein blood clot
- Chronic swelling and pain in your foot or ankle on the affected side
- Skin discoloration that’s red or blue in color
- Pooling blood that leads to a venous stasis ulcer, particularly in your leg
- Increased blood pressure
- Varicose veins, which are swollen, twisted veins that feel hard to the touch
- Severe complications caused by PE, including light-headedness, unconsciousness, difficulty breathing, a sharp chest pain or coughing up blood
If you’re at risk of blood clots, don’t ignore the symptoms. As DVT doctor, Dr. Sobolevsky at the Downtown Vein & Vascular Center works fast to help with your circulation problems, using a multi-disciplinary approach to treat many vein conditions.
What’s the Best Deep Venous Thrombosis Treatment?
Before DVT treatment, your doctor carries out tests that may include an ultrasound and blood work. Deep venous thrombosis treatment depends on your diagnosis and factors such as age, overall health and location of the blood clot. You don’t always need a procedure for DVT, but if you do, a thrombectomy is an option.
Other treatments include:
- Blood thinners, such as anti-coagulant medicines, which minimize the risk of a clot
- Clot busters, such as thrombolytic drugs, which break up clots
- Compression stockings to promote blood flow and prevent swelling, which reduces the risk of clots
- DVT surgery, such as a thrombectomy, to remove a blood clot in your arm or leg
- A filter inside your vena cava vein to prevent clots from reaching your lungs, which prevents life-threatening pulmonary embolisms
- Elevation of your leg or arm
- Lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, quitting smoking and exercising to lower blood pressure, which also prevents blood clots in the future
Dr. Sobolevsky at the Downtown Vein & Vascular Center is the leading DVT doctor in NYC. He prevents the blood clots from enlarging or traveling to your lungs. Contact for individualized chronic DVT treatment at this state-of-the-art vascular clinic. He serves all of New York City and Brooklyn from his Downtown Brooklyn facility.
Sergei Sobolevsky, MD, is a leading specialist in endovascular medicine with experience in vascular and interventional radiology. Dr. Sobolevsky has decades of experience in the field, with over 25,000 procedures performed, accumulating extensive experience in image-guided minimally invasive medicine, diagnosing and treating a range of conditions.
Dr. Sobolevsky earned his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree in 1997 from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He received his specialty clinical training in vascular and interventional radiology at Harvard University. Later, he earned his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Recognized as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor and named to the Top Doctors New York Metro Area in 2020, 2021, and 2022, Dr. Sobolevsky is licensed in multiple states, has delivered presentations at numerous institutions in the US and abroad, and now acts as a clinical advisor for the biomedical industry. He also held multiple positions in the field during his career, including Chief of Vascular and Interventional Radiology at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY, Senior Vice President in Clinical and Regulatory Affairs at Artann Laboratories in North Brunswick, NJ, and Medical Director at the American Endovascular and Amputation Prevention Center in Brooklyn.More About Dr. Sobolevsky
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Brooklyn, NY 11231