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Recognizing the Signs of a DVT

Recognizing the Signs of a DVT

A DVT, or deep vein thrombosis, is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep inside the body, usually in the leg. DVTs can be serious and even life-threatening if the clot breaks loose and travels to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism.

It is important to recognize the signs of a DVT so that you can seek medical attention as soon as possible. Some common symptoms of a DVT include:

  • Swelling in the affected leg
  • Pain or tenderness in the affected leg
  • Redness or warmth in the affected leg
  • Changes in skin color in the affected leg

If you experience any of these symptoms, especially if you have recently had surgery, been on a long flight or car trip, or have a family history of blood clots, it is important to see a healthcare professional right away. A DVT can be diagnosed with a blood test or imaging study, and treatment may include medications or procedures to dissolve or remove the blood clot.

Recognizing the signs of a DVT is important because it can be a serious and potentially life-threatening condition. If you experience swelling, pain, redness, or changes in skin color in your leg, it is important to see a vascular surgeon right away.

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