Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Warning Signs

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Warning Signs


A DVT is a blood clot which develops in a deep vein in the body. This is usually in the leg. It partly, or completely, blocks the flow of blood through the vein.

If a piece of clot breaks off and goes into the blood stream, it can block vessels in the lungs or brain, leading to serious complications such as a pulmonary embolism or stroke.  

Therefore, if you suspect a DVT it is important to go to the Hospital Emergency Department.

The symptoms are risk factors for DVT are listed below.

DVT Symptoms

1) Throbbing or cramping pain in the leg, usually the calf, back of the knee or groin

2) Swelling in the leg

3) Warm skin around the painful area

4) Red or darkened skin around the painful area

5) Swollen veins that are hard or sore when you touch them


DVT Risk Factors

Over the age of 40, a previous DVT, over weight, smoker, taking the contraceptive pill or HRT, a recent long haul flight, a recent surgical procedure, pregnancy, cancer, heart failure, or diabetes.