Preparing for your appointment

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is considered a medical emergency, so it's important to get evaluated quickly. However, if you have time before your appointment, here's some information to help you get ready.

What you can do

Make a list of:

  • Your symptoms, including any that seem unrelated to deep vein thrombosis, and when they began
  • Key personal information, including if you have a family history of blood-clotting disorders, and whether you have been hospitalized, or have had illnesses, surgery or trauma in the past three months, or have been traveling
  • All medications, vitamins or other supplements you take, including doses
  • Questions to ask your doctor

Take a family member or friend along, if possible, to help you remember the information you're given.

For deep vein thrombosis, questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What's the most likely cause of my symptoms?
  • What tests do I need?
  • What's the best treatment?
  • What are the alternatives to the primary approach that you're suggesting?
  • Will I need to restrict my physical activity or travel?
  • I have other health conditions. How can I best manage these conditions together?
  • Are there brochures or other printed material I can have? What websites do you recommend?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you questions, such as:

  • Have you been inactive lately, such as sitting or lying down for long periods?
  • Do your symptoms bother you all the time, or do they come and go?
  • How severe are your symptoms?
  • What, if anything, makes your symptoms improve?
  • Does anything worsen your symptoms?
July 12, 2017
References
  1. Deep vein thrombosis. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/dvt/. Accessed March 21, 2017.
  2. Kearon C, et al. Clinical presentation and diagnosis of the nonpregnant adult with suspected deep vein thrombosis of the lower extremity. https://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed March 21, 2017.
  3. Deep vein thrombosis. Vascular Disease Foundation. http://vasculardisease.org/about-vascular-disease/2011-05-05-02-02-59/deep-vein-thrombosis-dvt. Accessed March 22, 2017.
  4. Lip GYH, et al. Overview of the treatment of lower extremity deep vein thrombosis (DVT). https://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed March 21, 2017.
  5. DVT/PE facts. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/dvt/facts.html. Accessed March 21, 2017.
  6. Diagnosis and treatment: DVT. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/dvt/diagnosis-treatment.html. Accessed March 22, 2017.