What are the warning signs of deep vein thrombosis?

Deep vein thrombosis is a common condition that affects thousands of Americans each year.  If left unchecked, deep vein thrombosis can lead to a potentially fatal condition known as pulmonary embolism (PE).  It’s therefore essential to be able to recognize the warning signs of deep vein thrombosis so that the condition can be treated early.

What Is Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that forms in the venous system, usually within the deep vein of the leg, and prevents blood from flowing back to the heart.  

DVT is usually diagnosed with the help of an ultrasound machine that can detect abnormalities in the flow of blood.  Ultrasound evaluation is especially beneficial for detecting DVT that occurs in the large veins above the knee.    

Common warning signs of deep vein thrombosis

There are some early warning signs of DVT that can be easily identified.  These include swelling and tightness in the leg, which causes the leg to become stiff.  Other familiar warning signs include persistent throbbing in the leg, discoloration of the skin, the feeling of warmth in the affected leg, and pain and tenderness when walking or standing.

Waiting to get treatment for DVT can lead to complications such as chronic venous insufficiency, which is the pooling of blood in the vein.   Also, if the blood clot breaks up and travels to the lungs it can cause a pulmonary embolism, which can be fatal.

It is important to check with your doctor if you observe any of these warning signs of DVT.

Would you like to learn more about Deep Vein Thrombosis?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in Windemere, FL, or the surrounding areas, Vascular Experts is our featured practice. You can reach them at www.tveflorida.com, or by calling (407) 228-3230.

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