- have had a previous blood clot before.
- have a family history of DVTs.
- are over the age of 40.
- are on bed rest or spend long periods in a seated position.
- have inherited certain genes, such as factor V Leiden which can cause your blood to clot more easily.
- are pregnant or have recently given birth.
- have a blood clotting condition.
- are overweight.
- have other underlying health conditions, such as heart disease, lung disease, IBS, or cancer.
Symptoms of a DVTWhile in some cases, there are no symptoms of a DVT when it occurs, most often, you will experience one or more of the symptoms below.
SwellingThe most common symptom of a DVT is swelling in the leg where the clot is. Both legs will rarely swell with a DVT, but it should still be checked to rule it out.
PainThe pain is often described as a constant soreness or cramping sensation. The pain will be in the area where the clot is, which is most often a leg. When it occurs in the leg, the pain typically starts in the calf and moves upwards. In some cases, pain will accompany the swelling.
DiscolorationThe area where the DVT is located may become red or discolored, with a sense of warmth sometimes occurring in the same area where the discoloration is. Discoloration may be bright red or in uneven patches. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you should seek medical care to check for a DVT.
When to Seek Emergency HelpDVTs can lead to a life-threatening complication called a pulmonary embolism, or PE. If a pulmonary embolism occurs, you will need to seek emergency medical treatment. Symptoms that could mean a pulmonary embolism has occurred, and emergency care should be sought include:
- Pain in the chest that becomes sharper when breathing deeply or coughing.
- Sudden bouts of shortness of breath.
- A rapid heartbeat.
- Quick, shallow breathing.
- Lightheaded or dizzy feeling, with or without fainting.
- Sudden coughing that produces blood.
- Tightness in your chest.
- Painful breathing.
- Pain in your back, arm, shoulder, or jaw.
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