Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) is a relatively common and serious medical condition that occurs in approximately 2 million Americans each year. DVT occurs when a blood clot (which is also called a thrombus) develops in one of the large veins, usually in the legs, leading to either partially or completely blocked circulation. This may lead to complications, such as a pulmonary embolism and even death if not diagnosed and treated effectively.
Only about 50% of people experience symptoms when they have DVT. Symptoms of DVT may include:
- Discoloration or redness of the affected area
- Skin that is warm to the touch
Who is at risk?
DVT can occur in almost anyone. Certain individuals may be at increased risk for developing a DVT. Some of the risk factors for DVT include:
- Restricted Mobility (like when on a long plane flight)
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Respiratory Failure
- Age > 40
- Smoking (especially in women taking oral contraceptives)
- Prior or family history of DVT
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