Deep Vein Thrombosis

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What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that forms in the deep veins in the body. Blood clots occur if there are changes to blood flow, changes that make the blood more coagulated or when there is damage to the blood vessel wall such as with surgery. Most deep vein blood clots occur in the lower leg or thigh, however, they can also occur in other parts of the body such as the arms or neck or brain or abdomen.

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 in the lungs which can put pressure on the heart. This condition is called pulmonary embolism (PE) and can be a very serious condition. Remember this simple equation: DVT + PE = VTE.

In a recent World Thrombosis Day study, only 28 percent of respondents said they would know what a blood clot in the leg would feel like, making it important to educate family, friends and colleagues about DVTs.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Signs and Symptoms

A DVT can cause pain, redness and swelling. Many people say that it feels like they have pulled a muscle in their leg, which doesn’t get better. A DVT usually present without any or minimal symptoms, the main symptom being unexplained pain in the muscle. Be proactive. If you experience a sign or symptom, regardless of if you have any risk factors, contact your healthcare professional immediately. To learn about the signs and symptoms of DVT, click below.

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Risk Factors

Many factors can increase your risk of developing a DVT. The more you have, the greater your DVT risk. Click below to learn more about the risk factors.

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DVT is a serious, life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention. Treatment can differ by patient, but typically includes blood thinning medication which stops the clot growing and allows it to heal Click below to learn more about DVT treatment.

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