United Hospital Center: Deep Vein Thrombosis – Part 2

Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT occurs when blood clots form in the deep veins of the body, usually the lower leg, thigh, or pelvis, but they can also occur in other areas of the body, such as the abdomen and arms.

The most common signs and symptoms of DVT are combinations of the following:

  • New swelling of your arm or leg
  • Pain or tenderness you cannot explain
  • Skin that is warm to the touch
  • Redness or discoloration of the skin

Recognized in time, DVT can be treated. If you think you have signs or symptoms, contact your doctor.

The most common signs and symptoms of a Pulmonary Embolism are combinations of the following:

  • Shortness of breath you cannot explain
  • Chest pain, especially when you take deep breaths
  • Coughing up blood
  • Feeling lightheaded or fainting

Recognized in time, PE can be treated. If you think you have signs or symptoms, seek medical attention right away. Left untreated, PE can result in death.

There are several things you can do to prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis.

  1. Get up and move after sitting or lying down for long periods of time.
  2. Move your lower legs while seated on long trips.
  3. Maintain a healthy weight.
  4. Know your family history of blood clots.
  5. And Make sure you tell your healthcare provider if you have other risk factors for DVT.

To learn more about Deep Vein Thrombosis, watch Part 1 of this series with Brenda Conch, UHC Director of Education

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