Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a serious condition that occurs when a blood clot builds up in a vein deep within a muscle and blocks the normal flow of blood.

A life-threatening concern with DVT is the potential detachment of the blood clot allowing it to travel up to the lungs and block blood flow in the lungs, a condition known as pulmonary embolism.
  • Symptoms
  • Enlarged feet or ankle

    • In one side

    • With redness

    or Swelling in lower leg

    • One side

    • With redness

    common

    Pain in lower leg

    • Rapidly developing

    • In one side

    or Pain in ankle region without achilles tendon

    • Rapidly developing

    • In one ankle

    or Feet pain

    • Rapidly developing

    • In one foot

    or Pain in the leg above the knee

    • Rapidly developing

    • In one thigh

    common

    Leg hurts when touched

    • In one leg

    common

    A burning feeling in legs or feet

    common

    Darkening of skin in lower leg or foot

  • Risk factors
  • Recent pelvic or lower abdominal surgery

    or Recent pelvic injury or trauma

    Recent injury or trauma in thigh

    or Recent injury or trauma in lower leg without ankle and feet

    Pregnant

    or Use of estrogen hormone medication

    Blood clotting disorder

    Overweight or obese

    History of deep vein thrombosis

    Brain cancer

    or Kidney cancer

    or Pancreatic cancer

    or Colon cancer

    or Lung cancer

    or Liver cancer

    Prolonged immobilization

    History of heart attack

    or History of stroke

    or Heart failure

  • Treatment
  • DVT treatment options include: 1-Anticoagulants. 2-Thrombolytics. 3-Compression stockings. If you can't take medicines to thin your blood, you might have a filter inserted into a large vein — the vena cava — in your abdomen. A vena cava filter prevents clots that break loose from lodging in your lungs. Once you receive treatment for DVT, it's important to follow some lifestyle changes to manage your condition and prevent another blood clot. Lifestyle changes include: 1-Diet control: foods high in vitamin K, such as spinach, kale, other leafy greens and Brussels sprouts, can interfere with warfarin. 2-Watch for excessive bleeding. This can be a side effect of blood thinners (anticoagulants). 3-Move, start moving when it is possible.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Deep Vein Thrombosis, then visit a cardiologist as soon as possible.

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