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Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT):  Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in a deep vein usually in the legs. Clots can form in superficial veins and in deep veins. Blood clots with inflammation in superficial veins rarely cause serious problems (superficial veins lie just under the skin).

However clots in deep veins known as deep vein thrombosis require immediate medical care. These clots are dangerous as they can break loose, travel through the bloodstream to the lungs and block blood flow in the lungs causing pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism is often life-threatening.

DVT can also lead to long-lasting problems. DVT may damage the vein and cause the leg to ache.

Symptoms of deep vein thrombosis (DVT): In some cases of deep vein thrombosis there may be no symptoms, but possible symptoms can include: pain, swelling and tenderness in one of your legs (usually your calf); a heavy ache in the affected area; warm skin in the area of the clot; redness of your skin, particularly at the back of your leg below the knee. DVT usually affects one leg, but this is not always the case.

Avoiding DVT: There are several things you can do to help prevent DVT occurring, such as stopping smoking, losing weight if you are overweight, and walking regularly to improve the circulation in your legs.

Blood clots in deep veins known as deep vein thrombosis require immediate medical care.

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