Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a serious medical condition in which blood clot forms in the deep veins such as lower leg, thigh or arm vein due decrease in the blood flow rate. This condition is dangerous when the clot breaks and travels to the lungs through the bloodstream that leads to a serious and life-threatening condition called pulmonary embolism.
What are the causes of DVT?
Injury to deep vein
Slowed blood flow
Inherited clotting disorder
Medications such as oral contraceptive pills
Who are at risk of developing DVT?
Standing/sitting in a place for long periods
Lack of physical activity
Pregnant or Lactating women
History of the following :
Peripheral vascular disease
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
Genetic conditions where Factor V Leiden is mutated
Neurological diseases like paralysis
What are the symptoms of DVT?
Swelling, pain or tenderness in the arm or leg
Warmth, redness or discolouration in the arm or leg