Deep Vein Thrombosis
What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Deep vein thrombosis is caused by a blood clot. When a blood clot forms in a deep vein inside your body, it causes what the Doctors call deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The clot blocks the vein, preventing blood from properly circulating in your body. In some cases, it can be fatal. For this reason, if you think you have one, you must see a doctor right away.
Common symptoms you might notice:
Foot, ankle, or leg swelling that comes on without warning
Cramping and pain that usually begins in the calf area
Warmth in the area
Skin affected turning pale, red, or blue color
The most serious complication of DVT happens when a blood clot breaks free and travels through the bloodstream to the lungs, causing a blockage called Pulmonary Embolism (PE).
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