Your Guide to Deep Vein Thrombosis
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) often goes unnoticed and is a serious condition. Understanding what a DVT is, the causes of DVT, and the difference between a DVT vs pulmonary embolism can help you prevent and treat early signs and symptoms.
What is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
One of the common questions asked is, "what is DVT?"
Deep vein thrombosis, otherwise known as DVT, is a blood clot that forms in a major vein of your body, most commonly in your legs.
It can also occur in your arms.
Causes of DVT
It’s important to understand the causes of DVTs as there are many different reasons for blood blockages.
One of the major causes of DVT is surgery. Surgery often requires long periods of bed rest. A lack of movement including long periods of bed rest or sitting for a long period of time can all cause deep vein thrombosis.
Other causes of DVT include trauma or bone fractures, pregnancy, medications, and varicose veins.
DVT vs Pulmonary Embolism
The second most common question is, "What is the difference between a DVT vs pulmonary embolism". When a clot breaks off from its point of origin (DVT) and travels to the lungs, preventing blood flow, it is called a pulmonary embolism.
The video below demonstrates the formation of a pulmonary embolism.