What is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)?
A blood clot in the leg that may occur after a surgical operation, pregnancy, or a long period of bed rest.
Risk factors for Thrombosis
- People with family history of blood clots in veins
- Overweight (obese) people are more prone of having thrombosis as there are more pressure in pelvis and legs veins.
- Same with overweight, pregnancy also increases the pressure in the pelvis and legs veins.
- Those with heart disease or blood circulation problems, a damaged heart cannot effectively pump blood as compared with healthy normal heart which can cause blood to pool and clot.
- Smoking increases a person’s risk of getting thrombosis.
What are the symptoms of Thrombosis?
- Leg cramps
- Loss of feeling in the legs
- Tiredness or aching in the legs
- An unexplained feeling of warmth in the legs or lower body
- Suddenly prominent veins
- Reddening or discolored skin on the leg area
- Swelling of the leg
- Pain in the leg or tenderness of the leg
- If you have Pulmonary Embolism which is the sudden blockage of an artery in the lung. You have PE if you experience the following : shortness of breath, pain with deep breathing, coughing with blood, rapid breathing