Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
It’s tough to diagnose and treat a condition that’s symptom-free 50 percent of the time. But that’s DVT, the formation of a blood clot in a deep vein of the calf or thigh muscle. Find out more about how this dangerous condition is diagnosed and treated.
Causes & Triggers
- Age (60+)
- Excess weight
- Sitting (especially for long periods of time)
Signs & Symptoms
- No symptoms in 50% of cases
- Leg fatigue or difficulty moving
- Warm, red skin
Tips & Treatments
- Seek immediate medical attention for any DVT symptom.
- DVT is a very serious condition because the blood clot can break loose and travel to the lungs (called a pulmonary embolism).
- Diagnosis may include painless, noninvasive ultrasound to detect blood clots.
- Treatment may involve blood thinners, clot busters, compression stockings or surgery.