Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a life-threatening blood clots in the legs. Most DVT symptoms, if there are any, are in the leg and include swelling, pain, warmth and redness. PE symptoms include trouble breathing, a sharp chest pain with breathing, coughing up blood and a rapid heartbeat.
Risk factors for blood clots include:
- Prolonged periods of sitting (in a car, on an airplane, etc.)
- Hormones (during pregnancy or estrogen contraceptives)
- Family history of clotting disorders
- Previous DVT
Your primary care provider or emergency physician may refer you to a CMC specialty
practice if you have DVT.
Symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatments and more
(patient resources/videos from the Society for Vascular Surgery)