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What is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)?
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a medical condition where a blood clot is formed in a vein deep inside your body due to slower blood flow because of weak valves in the veins. DVT mostly occurs in your lower leg, however can also occur in your thigh or pelvis.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) can lead to major health problems. In some cases, it can be fatal. Sometimes a clot can break and cause blockage in the pulmonary arteries in the lungs. This is called Pulmonary Embolism. This is why if you think you have DVT, you should consult a doctor immediately.
Symptoms of DVT
In normal cases, deep vein blood clots form in your lower leg or in your thigh. But, it can also develop on other body parts. But, the common symptoms associated with the DVT are:
- Swelling in the leg, ankle, or foot (usually on one side)
- Cramping pain on the affected leg
- Unexplained, severe pain in the ankle and foot region
- Warmer skin compared to the other area
- The affected area turns a pale/reddish/bluish color.
Causes of DVT
DVT is triggered by the blood clot that interrupts blood circulation. the clot that usually forms in the vein can occur due to several reasons like:
The physical damage to your blood vessel’s wall can affect the blood flow. It can either narrow or block the blood flow resulting in a blood clot.
If you undergo any surgery, then it increases your chances of developing a blood clot. It is due to the fact that the blood vessels can get damaged during the invasive procedure.