New Guidelines Regarding The Diagnosis Of Deep Venous Thrombosis Available
New guidelines regarding the diagnosis of deep venous thrombosis are now available in the february issue of American College of Chest Physicians. These guidelines are essential in the clinical practice of physicians worldwide in order to correctly diagnose deep venous thrombosis. The new guidelines provide up to date information regarding how to diagnose, prevent and treat deep venous thrombosis and it’s potentially fatal complications. It is expected to become the global standard of care for the diagnosis of DVT.
Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is a disorder that affects blood vessels that carry blood to the heart, particularly large veins in the lower leg and thigh. The main signs of DVT are pain and swelling. Due to various conditions, such as surgery or venous failure, a clot that obstructs blood flow is formed. If the clot migrates through the bloodstream, this can lead to embolism. Embolism is a fatal complication of deep venous thrombosis as it can obstruct vessels in brain, heart, lungs and other important territories in the organism.
Dr. Scott Stevens, MD, co-director of the Thrombosis Clinic at Intermountain Medical Center, underlines the importance of treatment for DVP in order to prevent complications. ”Rapid treatment for DVP is crucial to prevent potentially fatal complications. But the symptoms are often mistaken for a sprain or tendon injury,” he says.
Thrombosis, particularly DVT, is the third most common cardiovascular disease in the United States, behind only heart attack and stroke,” Dr. Stevens says. “Prompt treatment is very important to prevent the clot from leaving the leg and traveling to the lungs, heart or brain. Physicians need good information on the best way to diagnose a DVT.”
The research and the activity conducted by Dr. Stevens along with the team of thrombosis researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center, has led to Dr. Stevens been chosen to help create a new chapter for the new edition of the guidelines. It is for the first time that a chapter on diagnosing deep venous thrombosis is included in the guidelines.
Because the symptoms are not specific, it is not always easy to diagnose DVT. In their daily clinical practice, doctors have to recognize the symptoms and properly treat the patients suffering from DVT. Thus, the guidelines offer the main keys in order to correctly diagnose the illness.
Along with 11 other experts from hospitals and universities in Canada, England, Boston, Buffalo and New York, Dr. Stevens has helped writing the chapter on DVT diagnosis. Apart from this chapter, the guidelines provide information about treatment options for DVT and other associated disorders.