About DVT

What is Deep Vein Thrombosis? (DVT)

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. Other names for this condition include thromboembolism, post-thrombotic syndrome, and post-phlebitic syndrome.

Blood clots can affect anyone at any age, race or ethnicity. Close to 900,000 people in the United States are affected by blood clots each year and about 100,000 of those people will die, which is greater than the total number of people who lose their lives each year to AIDS, breast cancer, and motor vehicle crashes combined. Roughly 274 people die each day due to blood clots (source: National Blood Clot Alliance).

Watch for these DVT Leg Clot Symptoms:

  • Leg swelling
  • Leg pain or tenderness
  • Reddish or bluish skin discoloration
  • Leg warm to the touch

Watch for these Pulmonary Embolism (PE) Lung Clot Symptoms:

  • Sudden shortness of breath
  • Chest pain / sharp and stabbing
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Unexplained cough, sometimes with bloody mucus

For more information on blood clots and clotting disorders, please visit the National Blood Clot Alliance, and the Bleeding & Clotting Disorder Institute websites.