Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, occurs when a blood clot develops in one of the deep veins in the body. This most commonly occurs in the veins of the legs, but can also occur in other areas. DVT can cause symptoms and complications within the legs, such as pain, swelling and permanent damage to the deep veins themselves. However, DVT can also lead to another condition called pulmonary embolism (PE). PE occurs when a blood clot that develops in the legs breaks off from the vein and travels to the lungs. This can prevent the blood from receiving the necessary amount of oxygen and cause the individual to become acutely short of breath, develop chest pain, or cough up blood. PE is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition. Risk factor for DVT include recent surgery, immobility, trauma, genetic conditions that predispose to the development of clotting and cancer.
*This information is provided for general informational purposes only. It is not intended to recommend any specific treatment for an individual’s particular symptoms or condition. As with any medical issue, you should consult your doctor for specific diagnostic and treatment recommendations.