Deep Vein Thrombosis is a condition in which a blood clot forms in a vein located deep inside your body. Most deep vein clots occur on the lower leg or thigh, however, they can occur anywhere throughout the body. The blood clot can completely block blood from flowing through the vein. This can cause pain, swelling, redness or a warm sensation near the location of the clot.
Why is DVT dangerous?
While DVT alone can occur without any symptoms, it can quickly escalate to pulmonary embolism (PE). PE is a blood clot that has travelled from its original location to the heart or lungs. If the dislodged blood clot is large enough, or if there are many smaller clots, PE can be fatal.
What are the warning signs of DVT?
If you develop either of the warning signs below contact Carolina Vein Specialists and schedule an appointment to speak to one of our experienced doctors:
- A sensation of cramping or soreness in the affected leg
- Swelling and redness in the affected leg near the location of the clot
What are the warning signs of PE?
Pulmonary embolism is a life threatening complication of deep vein thrombosis, so it’s important to understand these warning signs as well. If you experience any of the warning signs below, you need to seek immediate medical attention.
- Unexplained and sudden shortness of breath
- Chest pain or discomfort that worsens when you inhale or cough
- A sudden quickening of your pulse
- Coughing up blood
- Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
- Unexplained fainting
If you have difficulty breathing, have become significantly weak, feverish, or have chest discomfort, you will need an emergency evaluation to determine if a blood clot has traveled from the leg.
Carolina Vein Specialists is the premier vein center in the North Carolina Triad area and is staffed with highly skilled vein specialists who can treat serious vein conditions like DVT. At Carolina Vein Specialists, you will experience a caring environment where you’re guided through every step of treatment. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.