This month is DVT Awareness Month and we have been addressing different aspects of this malady. This week we are looking at symptoms of DVT. While most victims of DVT
(Deep Vein Thrombosis- blood clots in the deep veins) are 60 years or older, DVT can strike anyone – young or old – athlete or sedate – especially if they have risk factors. DVT is the silent killer and may present with minimal symptoms. Age, family history, obesity, immobility, pregnancy, recent surgery or injury to the hips or knees, contraceptive pills, and hormone replacement therapy are some risk factors that make a DVT more likely to occur.
- Pain in the leg or pelvis region
- Tenderness and swelling of the leg
- Discoloration of the leg (reddish)
- Areas of the leg or pelvis region that feel warm to touch
- Whole leg swelling
Symptoms of DVT can be similar to other conditions, like a pulled muscle or “Charlie horse” and can delay diagnosis. Some people may have no symptoms.
Blood clots are more common in the left leg, possibly because the femoral artery in that leg passes anterior to the vein, and may compress the vein. Symptoms of a DVT from travel do not always develop immediately after travel, but more likely within three days of arrival at your destination.Symptoms may not manifest themselves for up to two weeks after a long trip
Potential complication of a DVT is the possibility of a Pulmonary Embolism (PE). A PE happens when a piece of the blood clot breaks off and travels through the bloodstream and becomes lodged in the lung.
Signs and Symptoms of Pulmonary Embolism
- Sudden shortness of breath
- Chest pain-sharp, stabbing: may get worse with deep breath
- Rapid heart rate
- Unexplained cough, sometimes with bloody mucus
If you suspect a pulmonary embolism, call 911 or go to the nearest ER. Having this knowledge could save your life!
If you have associated risk factors, or want to help prevent the risk of developing a blood clot, it is important to wear gradient compression hose especially during travel due to prolonged immobility. Stockings also help to relieve swelling, pain and post thrombotic syndrome (PTS). PTS is a late complication of DVT in which signs and symptoms may include pain, edema, hyperpigmentation and skin ulceration. DVT treatments include anticoagulant medicines and surgery. If you want to help prevent the occurrence of a DVT you should look at your risk factors, exercise your legs, wear loose-fitting clothing, keep hydrated with water and wear graduated compression stockings.
You should become familiar with the symptoms of DVT so you may be your own activist.
Save a friend or loved one – tell them about DVT,
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