New York, NY – Cardiovascular surgeon Dr. David Greuner says that people with sedentary jobs and long-haul air travelers are at increased risk of developing deep vein thrombosis, or DVT. “Screening and diagnosis is important because half of all cases cause no symptoms,” he says.
Dr. Greuner is a co-founder of NY Heart Health Clinics at NYC Surgical Associates. “Whether a person is a long-distance air traveler or sits behind a desk all day at work, long periods of immobility can lead to developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) whiich if left untreated could lead to a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism.”
“Long-haul air travel for four or more hours doubles the risk,” says heart surgeon Dr. David Luu, also a co-founder of NY Heart Health Clinics.
When DVT is diagnosed an advanced medical imaging device using intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) is used to assist our surgeons in planning the best treatment,” says Dr. Greuner. “IVUS uses a catheter with a miniature high definition ultrasound probe that can enter the blood vessel and measure the interior of the vessel with high accuracy to guide therapeutic decisions,” says Dr. Greuner. “Currently, only a few centers in the world are utilizing IVUS technology to guide minimally invasive cardiovascular surgery and its results to achieve optimal outcomes.”
“A deep vein thrombosis, or blood clot can develop at any time,” says Dr. Greuner. “Often, there are no symptoms that a person has a DVT, with the risk that the clot can break free without warning.”
Anyone who experiences one or more of the following symptoms, especially if they suddenly occur should see a doctor immediately:
> Pain or tenderness in one or both legs, which may occur only while standing or walking
> Swelling in one or both legs
> Warmth in the skin of the affected leg
> Red or discolored skin in the affected leg
> Visible surface veins
> Leg fatigue
For more information on screening for deep vein thrombosis and the latest minimally invasive treatments call NYC Surgical Assocaites at 888-286-6600 and visit www.nycsurgical.net. Clinics are located in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Long Island, The Hamptons and New Jersey.