Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in one or more of the deep veins in the body. Usually these will occur in the leg, however they can occur throughout the body and can be extremely serious. The blood clot can break and travel trough the blood stream getting stuck in the lungs and blocking blood flow. For this reason, if you suspect that you have a DVT it is vital to seek medical assistance straight away.

Common Causes

Anything that can prevent the blood flowing can cause a blood clot such as the below:

  • Excessive compression
  • Damage to a vein following surgery
  • Infection

There are risk factors that can increase the chances of developing a DVT which include:

  • Lack of movement
  • Smoking
  • Family history of DVT

                                  Common Signs & Symptoms

                                  • Leg swelling
                                  • Change in skin colour
                                  • Feeling warm in the affected leg

                                                              Condition Management

                                                              • If you think you have a DVT contact doctor or medical centre for an urgent appointment
                                                              • If you have the symptoms of a DVT alongside breathlessness and/or chest pain seek medical attention immediately either by phoning for an ambulance or going to the emergency room
                                                              • Treatments will include injections of anticoagulants and then tablets
                                                              As a preventative measure, consider wearing compression hosiery.

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