Usually occurring in the pelvis, calf, or thigh, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in one of the body’s deep veins. While it is able to occur in other areas, including the arms and chest, it is primarily noticed in the aforementioned locations. Capable of causing sudden swelling, pain, or a sensation of warmth, it is dangerous because it can lead to another issue: pulmonary embolisms. When an embolism occurs, a blood clot separates from the deep veins and lodges in the lungs. Untreated, larger embolisms can be fatal in very, very short times. So, what should you look out for in regards to symptoms of DVT? Let’s find out.
One of the first and most noticeable symptoms of deep vein thrombosis is swelling of the affected area. The swelling can be mild or severe, so it is important to keep an eye out for any unexpected or causeless swelling.
Another symptom of DVT is leg cramps. While they are often worse at night than at other times, they can occur sporadically and without notice at any time. Especially common in the calves, it is essential to take these symptoms seriously, as they can be an early warning sign of larger issues.
If you’re experiencing sensations of warmth in various parts of your body, it could be a sign of DVT. Often, these sensations will worsen or become more apparent when touched.
At Advanced Vascular Surgery, we’re committed to offering our clients the absolute best education and treatment options for a wide range of vascular diseases. Whether you’re concerned about atherosclerosis, DVT, or any number of other diseases, you can be confident that our team can — and will — work to assist you in any way possible.