What is deep vein thrombosis?

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a serious condition in which a blood clot forms in a deep vein, typically in the legs. The clot can partially or completely block blood flow, which can cause pain, swelling, and redness in the affected area. DVT can also cause serious complications if the clot breaks loose and travels to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism (PE).

Some common symptoms of DVT include:

  • pain or tenderness in the leg.
  • swelling in the leg or ankle
  • redness or discoloration of the skin on the affected leg
  • warmth in the affected area

Risk factors for DVT include:

  • being immobile for extended periods of time, such as during a long plane flight or hospital stay
  • certain medical conditions, such as cancer, heart failure, or inflammatory bowel disease
  • certain medications, such as birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy
  • smoking
  • age over 60
  • surgery or injury
  • family history

DVT is a serious condition and requires medical attention. If you suspect you have DVT, it is important to seek medical care as soon as possible to prevent complications and to discuss treatment options.

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