Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Veins carry blood back up through your body. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) happened when a clot (thrombus) forms in a deep vein, usually in your leg.
DVT is a dangerous condition. If the clot breaks free from the wall of your vein and is released into your bloodstream, it’s called an embolus. This embolus can travel through your bloodstream and up to your lungs. There, it can block your blood vessel and the lung’s blood supply.
The resulting condition is called a pulmonary embolism and can be fatal.
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What are the symptoms of a DVT?
- Swelling in the leg
- Pain in the leg
- Redness and warmth of the skin
If you experience DVT symptoms, see your ProMedica doctor right away to discuss diagnosis and treatment options.
What are your risks for forming a DVT?
- Medical conditions that affect your body's ability to form blood clots such as cancer, blood disorders, trauma or surgery
- Long period of time when your movement is restricted, like bed rest
- Injury to a vein
- Previous history of DVT or pulmonary embolism
- Oral contraceptives
- Hormone therapy
- Family history
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