Monday, December 18

Risk Factors of Deep Vein Thrombosis

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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

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