Find Care for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) in Williamsport, PA
Deep vein thrombosis, sometimes referred to as thrombophlebitis or DVT, occurs when a blood clot develops in a vein deep within the body, usually within a group of muscles. It can pose a serious threat to your health if not treated properly. People struggling with obesity, who are over the age of 60 or have type A blood are at an increased risk for developing DVT.
To learn about treatment options for deep vein thrombosis at UPMC, Find a Provider.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Symptoms
Half of the people diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis have no symptoms at all. When symptoms do occur, they may include:
- A cord in a leg vein that can be felt
- Dull ache, tightness or pain in the leg
- Rapid heart beat
- Red, discolored or white skin
- Slight fever
- Swelling legs
- Visible surface veins
- Warm skin
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms above, speak with a vascular provider at UPMC to receive an accurate diagnosis. We offer the latest treatments for deep in Williamsport, PA, and the surrounding areas.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Causes
Deep vein thrombosis develops when a blood clot forms in veins deep within the body, usually in the legs. A blood clot can be caused by anything that prevents the normal circulation or clotting of blood.
Factors that contribute to DVT include:
- Hip, leg or abdominal surgery
- Long periods of bed rest
- Birth control pills and hormone medications
- Conditions such as varicose veins, chronic atrial fibrillation, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, heart failure, heart attack, arterial disease and spinal cord injury
- Previous blood clots
Deep Vein Thrombosis Treatment at UPMC
Your physician will decide what treatment is best for you based on factors such as age, overall health, medical history, extent of the condition and symptoms. Treatment may include any of the following:
- Medications such as blood thinners or clot-dissolving medications
- Vena cava filter inserted to catch clots, usually only recommended for patients unable to take medication and blood thinners
As a leader in heart and vascular services in northcentral PA, UPMC offers residents of Williamsport, PA, treatment for deep vein thrombosis.