Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
DVT is also known as Deep Vein Thrombosis. It is a condition in which a blood clot develops, typically in the lower legs and thighs, and blocks blood flow in the vein. A blood clot that breaks off into the blood stream is called an embolism, and can be very dangerous, and so DVT is a quite serious condition.
Deep vein thrombosis occurs most commonly in men and women over the age of 60, and has a number of risk factors, such as:
- Family history of blood clots
- Heart failure
- Recent surgery
- Giving birth within the past six months
- Prolonged periods of sitting, such as during long trips
- And more
Symptoms of DVT are varied, and can include pain and swelling in the affected leg, skin that’s warm to the touch, tenderness and redness.
- Doppler ultrasound of the legs
- Anticoagulant medication to thin out the blood
- Surgery, in severe cases