Veins carry blood from the body, to the heart and lungs, to be resupplied with oxygen. A clot (Deep Vein Thrombosis) formation in the deep veins of the lower limbs or upper limbs can lead to pain and swelling. If a blood clot breaks loose and travels through the venous system (embolism) to the lung, it may cause a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism (PE)
Symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) include:
- Warmth or fever in the affected limb
- Difficulty breathing
Risk factors for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) include:
- Recent surgery
- History of DVT or PE Blood disorders
- Immobilization Trauma
Treatment is usually needed if a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is found. In most cases, this involves treatment with blood thinners.
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