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Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a clot (thrombosis) or clump of blood cells congregate in the deep veins in your body, most commonly in the legs. Can be a life-threatening emergency and require medication that dissolves the clot to keep it traveling to your lungs.

Risk factors

  • Obesity
  • Age
  • Pregnancy
  • Birth control pills
  • Injury
  • Genetics
  • Smoking
  • Blood disorders
  • Immobility
  • Sedentary lifestyle

Symptoms

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Warm to the touch
  • Difficulty breathing- which could a side effect of a pulmonary embolism

How is this Diagnosed?

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is generally diagnosed by ultrasound, x-ray, MRI, or CT scans.

Treatment

Anticoagulant therapy/blood thinners, thrombolysis (removal of clot) surgical intervention, compression stockings, mobility/ambulation.

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