How Do Doctors Check For Blood Clots?

Can a blood test detect a blood clot?

Currently, doctors use a blood test to detect these clots.

That test looks for a piece of a protein called D-dimer, which appears in the blood as a clot starts breaking apart.

The new test is not only noninvasive, it is more accurate than the D-dimer test, the researchers said..

What tests are done for blood clots?

How is a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) diagnosed? Most often, ultrasound is used to diagnose blood clots in the leg veins. This is a non-invasive test. If the results are not definitive, then venography (an invasive test using contrast dye) or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) may be used.

What does a blood clot feel like?

A blood clot in a leg vein may cause pain, warmth and tenderness in the affected area. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot (thrombus) forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body, usually in your legs. Deep vein thrombosis can cause leg pain or swelling but also can occur with no symptoms.

How do doctors treat blood clots?

Medication: Anticoagulants, also called blood thinners, help prevent blood clots from forming. For life-threatening blood clots, drugs called thrombolytics can dissolve clots that are already formed.