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Deep Venous Thrombosis

Over 600,000 new cases of deep venous thrombosis are diagnosed each year, with a mortality rate of 1%.  Blood clots can form in the deep veins of the arms, legs, and pelvis.  Clots are thought to form from any combination of stasis, hypercoagulable state, and vessel injury, known as Virchow’s Triad.  Risk factors for DVT include smoking, medications (birth control pills), immobility, long airplane or car trips, hypercoagulable state (e.g. cancer), and traumatic venous injury.  Symptoms of DVT include swelling, redness, and painful limb.  Complications of DVT include pulmonary embolism (PE) - i.e. when the clot travels to the pulmonary arteries.  Symptoms of PE include shortness of breath, chest pain, increased pulse rate, and bloody sputum.  PE can be fatal in some cases.

Post thrombophlebitic syndrome is an under recognized but more common side effect of DVT.  Blood clots can lead to vein and venous valve damage in as short as 8 weeks and can lead to abnormal blood pooling in the legs, known as PTPS.  Up to 69-70% of patients may suffer from this long- term sequelae.   Standard medical treatment of DVT is anticoagulation, which unfortunately does not actively dissolve clots but rather prevents additional clots from forming and allows the body to slowly dissolve the existing clot.  Symptoms of abnormal pooling are similar to varicose veins and include chronic leg fatigue, swelling, and in extreme cases venous ulceration.  Studies are now showing early and prompt removal of the clot via chemical and mechanical means can prevent post thrombophlebitic syndrome.

For more information or questions please call Interventional Radiology at Rhode Island Medical Imaging at (401)-421-1924 or contact us today.
 

Diagram of blood clot (labeled) in a deep vein


Trellis 8 - a mechanical device designed to remove clots from the veins quickly in order to aid restoration of normal venous flow, reduce symptoms, prevent post thrombophlebitic syndrome.

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East Providence I-195 West On-ramp Closures
Posted: 04.02.18

As RIDOT replaces the Parkway Ramp Bridge in East Providence (see below for more information), they will need to close the I-195 West on-ramps from Veterans Memorial Parkway and Warren Avenue in East Providence beginning Wednesday, April 4. Get detour information here.

Traffic heading north on the Parkway will follow a detour using Lyon Avenue to Warren Avenue to Broadway. Local traffic on the Parkway north of Lyon Avenue can use Mauran Avenue (the last street before the Parkway on-ramp) to Burgess Avenue to reach Warren Avenue and the detour route to Broadway.

Those heading to destinations on the East Side of Providence may wish to follow Valley Street to North Brow Street to Massasoit Avenue to use the Henderson Bridge as an alternate detour. Motorists also may wish to use Pawtucket Avenue or the Wampanoag Trail to the East Shore Expressway for I-195 West access.

The bridge replacement will be completed in late fall, however work on the nearby Washington Bridge will extend its reopening until the end of 2019.

Lung cancer expo highlights latest research, reinforces need for funding
Posted: 11.28.17

Despite lung cancer causing the most fatalities of any cancer in the United States, funding for lung cancer research has not drastically improved for many years. The American Lung Association drove home this message and other insights during the Lung Force Expo at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on November 8, 2017.