Can you explain cardiac dysfunction in a patient with deep vein thrombosis?

Q. Can you explain cardiac dysfunction in a patient with deep vein thrombosis?

Answered by
Dr. Talapatra Ritendra Nath
and medically reviewed by Dr. K Shobana
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 11, 2018 and last reviewed on: Aug 09, 2023

Hello doctor,

I need to know about cardiac dysfunction. I was told it was found on venous Doppler looking at DVT. What all information can you tell me about the blood vessels having a pulse and it being a cardiac dysfunction? That is all I was left with until the cardiologist consult.



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DVT or deep vein thrombosis is a condition where blood clot accumulates in lower limb veins due to prolonged bedridden state, reduced physical activity, after a major surgery or fracture of bones. These blood clots can often dislodge and go through the right heart to block the pulmonary artery. This condition is known as pulmonary embolism and can cause right ventricular cardiac dysfunction. Pulmonary embolism is a critical medical condition and needs to be treated promptly with anticoagulant and diuretics. I see you are on a diuretics and you are overweight. Please inform about your findings of lower limb venous Doppler and also do some tests I am suggesting promptly and inform. Do Blood for complete hemogram, urea, creatinine, D-dimer, NT-proBNP (N-terminal prohormone of brain natriuretic peptide), Coagulation profile, Echocardiography with color Doppler, Report of lower limb venous Doppler, and Chest X-ray PA (posteroanterior) view.

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