Acute DVT service during the COVID pandemic
We specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). This is a blood clot in the veins of the lower limb. The commonest symptoms are pain in the leg, swelling and discolouration. DVT can arise spontaneously but some people are particularly prone, for example if there is a family history of blood clot problems. Other risk factors include being overweight and treatment with hormones including the contraceptive pill. Anything which reduces activity such as illness or injury can precipitate a DVT. Covid-19 has a particular propensity to cause blood clots. DVTs start small but expand and spread causing damage to the circulation. The most worrying kind causes blood clots to lodge in the lungs which can be fatal. It is important to get a quick diagnosis so that treatment can start before the clot causes harm. The diagnosis requires examination by a vascular specialist and a doppler ultrasound scan. Treatment is usually with blood thinners. The London Vascular Clinic is available to provide a prompt and safe diagnosis and treatment of deep vein thrombosis. Our clinics and tests are provided in private hospitals with all covid-19 safety precautions in place. Your scan and assessment can be scheduled to take place in one visit with no waiting around. If blood tests are required, they can be done at the same time. If you are worried you might have a deep vein thrombosis please contact us to see what we can do to help you.