Think Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body. Blood clots occur when blood thickens and clumps together.
Most deep vein blood clots occur in the lower leg or thigh, however, they can also occur in other parts of the body.
A blood clot in a deep vein can break off and travel through the bloodstream. The loose clot is called an embolus. It can travel to an artery in the lungs and block blood flow. This condition is called pulmonary embolism, or PE, a very serious condition. Remember, DVT + PE = VTE.
A recent World Thrombosis Day Ipsos survey showed little awareness of DVT. The time is NOW to educate your family, friends and colleagues.
Signs and Symptoms
Be proactive. If you have a concern, contact your health care professional immediately.