A condition where a blood clot forms in a deep leg vein, most commonly in the calf or thigh.
This can cause a partial or full blockage of the blood flow in this area. At this stage DVT is not life threatening, but it has the potential to become dangerous if complications occur. If you suspect you may have a DVT you urgently need an ultrasound of your deep veins which can be performed at Palm Clinic. If we discover a DVT, management is with blood thinning medication to prevent extension of the blood clot.
Deep Vein Thrombosis becomes particularly dangerous if the blood clot that occurred in the deep leg vein begins to move through the body. The clot can dislodge from the leg vein and flow up to attach itself to an artery in the lung. This is called a Pulmonary Embolus and can be a life threatening condition. Symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath and coughing blood.
Clot formation tends to occur when the blood flow is restricted in a vein. The decreased flow and poor circulation can have a number of causes. No one is immune to the risk of DVT however there are individuals who are considered “high-risk”.
You may be at risk if you:
* Those with one or more of these conditions (marked with an asterisk) should seek medical advice before travelling and choosing appropriate compression hosiery.
People taking long haul flights (over 4 hours) can take a number of precautions to help reduce the risk of getting Deep Vein Thrombosis:
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