What is it?
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a serious condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein located deep inside your body. A blood clot is a clump of blood that is in a gelatinous, solid state. Deep vein blood clots typically form in your thigh or lower leg, but they can also develop in other areas of your body. DVT occurs most commonly in people who are over 50 years in age. People who are overweight are at a higher risk of developing this.
What are the symptoms?
- Skin redness, warmth and swelling around the affected area (including the leg or pelvis). Sometimes the skin looks discolored and red, or dark patches appear.
- Pain and tenderness near the clot site. This might develop in only one leg or in both and spread up the legs from the clot location.
- Difficulty walking or moving normally.
- Sometimes scaling or ulcers form in the affected part of the body.
- Wearing compression stockings can prevent swelling to lower the chance of developing clots.
- Keep your weight and blood pressure under control.
- Move your legs around when you are sitting for a long time.
- Do not smoke
- Do not sit for a longer duration.
Things to watch out for
See your GP as soon as possible if you think you may have DVT – for example, if you have pain, swelling and a heavy ache in your leg.