DVT, or deep vein thrombosis, refers to a blood clot in a deep vein, usually in the leg. Because DVT can be so dangerous, it’s important to recognize the symptoms of DVT. Not only will treating DVT symptoms relieve the symptoms, it will also prevent the clot from traveling to the lungs and becoming pulmonary embolism.
One of the major symptoms of DVT is swelling. This may be in one leg, or in both. Pain is another major symptom, usually in the calf. It will most likely feel like tenderness, soreness, and/or cramping. Other deep vein thrombosis symptoms include redness and/or warm skin in the affected area.
When to See a Doctor
If you have these DVT symptoms, now is the time to contact a doctor. Don’t say you’ll do it at the end of the day and then put it off because the office is closed and you don’t want to leave a message, do it now.
This dire warning is not meant to inspire panic, but to emphasize the danger that a blood clot can pose. In fact, DVT is rather rare—only about 300,000 to 500,000 cases are reported in the U.S. each year. That said, the threat of pulmonary embolism—whose mortality rate can vary from 2% to 95%, depending on condition when treated—cannot be ignored. “Better safe than sorry” has never been more applicable.
Before the Symptoms: The Causes
Hopefully, you haven’t noticed any of these in yourself. Just to be careful though, it helps to keep in mind what you can do to decrease your risk of DVT. Avoid smoking, which increases your risk of DVT. Try to avoid long periods of sitting or lying down—not using your calf muscles makes you more susceptible to venous diseases in the legs. Exercise, and a healthy weight, may not prevent DVT entirely, but will decrease your risk of it.
You Can Always Turn to Skin and Vein Center
If you’re noticing these signs of DVT, call 800-400-8346 to set up an appointment with Skin and Vein. We have decades of experience helping people with these symptoms—we can help you sort out whether it’s deep vein thrombosis or something less worrisome. And no matter what the cause ends up being, we know a few methods to help tackle your DVT symptoms head-on. With a compassionate staff and an expert in the field, you can trust Skin and Vein Center to take great care of you!