Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) is a common but serious medical condition that occurs in approximately 2 million Americans each year. A DVT is a blood clot in one of the deep veins of the leg or arm. While this can cause significant local symptoms the greatest concern is with the possibility of the clot coming loose and traveling to the lungs which is known as a Pulmonary Embolism and can be fatal. Learn the risk factors, signs and symptoms for DVT.
The symptoms of DVT may be subtle and difficult to detect. When DVT is spotted early and properly treated, the risk of complications is reduced. When left untreated, it may cause severe complications, some even fatal. Pulmonary Embolism kills up to 300,000 people a year in the U.S. — that’s more than AIDS and breast cancer combined!