Deep Vein Thrombosis (or DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms deep within a vein—typically in regions such as the thigh or calf. Oftentimes, existence of a DVT causes no pain or symptoms. However, if the DVT blocks off blood flow completely (or even partially); pain and swelling will occur around surface veins, and movement may become difficult.
In severe cases, a blood clot will detach from the leg and travel through your blood to the heart or lungs, in which case, sudden and severe symptoms and even death can result if left untreated within a few hours. That’s why it’s vital to recognize the ten symptoms of DVT…
1. Leg Pain
With large blood clots, pain and tenderness can occur in the leg affected—particularly when standing, climbing stairs, or walking.