Deep Vein Thrombosis

How much do you know about Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)?


Symptoms of DVT only occur in about half of the people with this condition. Some individuals experiencing the condition of deep vein thrombosis may have no symptoms at all. Some of the common symptoms include heaviness and swelling in the affected foot, ankle, or leg, appeared mostly on one side. There can be severe and unexplained pain in the foot and the ankle. Cramping pain can also occur in the affected leg, usually beginning in the calf. The legs may seem to be tired more frequently. The surface of the skin feels warmer than the skin on the surrounding areas. The skin may also begin to seem tender and may also have discolouration on the affected leg. The skin over the affected area may turn pale or appear in a reddish or bluish colour. The veins appear much more visible on the surface of the affected area.

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Symptoms of a more advanced or dangerous DVT include sudden coughing which may bring up blood. Also, there may be rapid breathing or shortness of breath which may also cause a severe chest pain with light headedness. These are the symptoms that an individual must take seriously and go to an emergency department of the hospital. These symptoms may occur when there is an internal bleeding, which can travel to the main organs such as lungs or heart which can block the blood vessels that can result in a potential for loss of life. This state of DVT is also known as pulmonary embolism. It is important to look over these symptoms and take a sudden action upon them.