Know Hope. Know DVT Symptoms, Risks, and Early Warning Signs.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a medical condition that is preventable, treatable, and manageable. DVT occurs when blood clots form in large veins as a result of prolonged immobility, slow blood circulation, damage to a vein, or a number of other medical and environmental factors. DVT can potentially affect anyone; however, a variety of factors can increase your risk of developing DVT.

DVT symptoms can vary; they include swelling, pain, tenderness and redness of skin. While some people may experience no symptoms, it’s important to know other risk factors associated with DVT. The condition can become fatal when blood clots in the lower thigh, pelvis, and arms separate. These blood clot pieces can enter into the lungs, which causes pulmonary embolism (PE).

Recognize Pulmonary Embolism Signs.

Pulmonary embolism (PE) occurs when a blood clot breaks off into pieces and those pieces get into the lungs. It is extremely dangerous when this occurs, as PE can cause death. PE signs are slightly more severe than DVT symptoms and include difficulty breathing, increased heart rate, chest pain, low blood pressure and lightheadedness. It is important to speak with your doctor if you experience these symptoms, because the cause could be fatal.

Source for medical information on a page: CDC.gov