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Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

WHAT IS DVT

Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT occurs when a blood clot (thrombus) forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body. This is a serious condition that is associated with another name called thromboembolism. A DVT can break loose and cause a serious life-threatening issue to the lung called a pulmonary embolism

SYMPTOMS

  • Leg pain and swelling
  • Red or discoloration of the skin on the leg
  • A feeling of warmth in the leg
  • Cramping pain in your calf

Deep vein thrombosis can occur without noticeable symptoms

Vein trauma or damage to the veins can increase an individual’s chances of developing a DVT. Sitting for a long period of time accompanied with certain medications can also increase the chances of occurrences.

WHAT CAUSES DVT

Injury to a vein, surgery, or certain medications can cause damage that prevents blood from circulating or clotting like normal. This will cause a blood clot (thrombus) to form. Clotting can happen for a variety of reasons including:

 

Vein Injury: Damage to the veins that narrow the vessels and block blood flow.

 

Surgery: Damage can occur during surgery to the vein walls which can lead to the formation of a blood clot. Little to no movement after surgery can increase the chances of a pulmonary embolism.

 

Medications: Certain medications can increase the chances of a blood clot forming.

 

If you develop these symptoms, contact your Doctor or seek medical attention immediately.

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