Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in your veins, usually in the legs, and blocks normal blood flow. If the DVT breaks loose and travels to your lungs, it can be fatal. This is called a pulmonary embolism or PE. Often, DVT occurs without signs or symptoms and can be hard to detect. Learn more.
Are You At Risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis?
The following conditions may put you at risk for DVT:
- Acute medical illnesses/infections
- Cancer therapy (chemotherapy or radiation therapy)
- Being elderly and immobile
- Family history of blood-clotting disorder
- A pacemaker
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Heart or respiratory failure
- History of prior major surgery
- Overweight or obesity
- Pain, tenderness or swelling of the leg when standing and walking
- Previous DVT
- Prolonged bed rest (including being in the hospital)
- Skin that is warm to the touch with redness or discoloration
- Stroke (< 1 month)
- Take birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy
- You sit often for long periods (8+ hours) like when driving or flying
What You Can Do
The good news is that DVT may be prevented and treated. Your doctor may prescribe medication or take other action. That is why it is important to talk to your doctor about your risk of DVT.
If you are concerned about DVT, and need a free doctor’s referral, call 402-CARE (2273).