Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is the occurrence of blood clots in the deep veins of your body, most often in your legs. If left untreated, these clots may break away and travel to the lungs or heart, causing life-threatening conditions like pulmonary embolism. DVT can also cause lifelong swelling and deformity of the extremities.
To avoid these serious side effects, it’s a good idea to know which symptoms to watch out for with DVT. There are four classic symptoms of the condition:
- Swelling in the affected foot, leg, or ankle
- An area of skin that feels warmer than the skin around it
- Skin over affected area turning red/purplish
- Cramping pain that usually begins in the calf
In DVT, these symptoms result from the clot disrupting circulation, causing excess blood to accumulate in the affected vein. The swelling that results causes the pain, warmth, and discoloration mentioned above.
It’s also important to note that, while symptoms of DVT […]