Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition where a blood clot forms in a deep vein. While this can occur in any vein, it is most typical in the legs, usually in the calf and thigh. In the United States, up to 600,000 people experience DVT. A deep vein thrombosis can break loose and cause a serious problem in the lung, called a pulmonary embolism.

Symptoms of DVT include:

  • An area radiating heat
  • A tender area
  • Redness or red streak
  • Ache or pain when walking

Causes of DVT include:

  • Inactivity, such as being bedridden or taking long trips
  • Changes to veins after surgery
  • Injury to blood vessels
  • Family history of the condition
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