Early Warning Signs of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

In some cases you may not even notice any symptoms. People can develop blood clots if they are on certain types of medication that affect their body’s blood clotting mechanisms or if they don’t move for a long time, such as after surgery or when on bed rest.

Deep vein thrombosis can be very dangerous because the blood clot(s) can break loose. If the loose clots get stuck in your lungs, it can cause a pulmonary embolism. Anyone can develop blood clots, though some people are more at risk than others.

Symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism

While many people, as many as 40%, never show signs of deep vein thrombosis, you should always seek medical assistance when you realize something is wrong. Those who don’t have early symptoms can experience signs of pulmonary embolism before they realize something is wrong.

Signs of deep vein thrombosis include:

  • Swollen legs (only one may be swollen if you have a blood clot in just one leg)
  • Cramping and soreness that might start in your calf
  • Leg pain
  • Your leg changes color, often to red or purple
  • Your leg feels warm

You may not notice any of the symptoms of deep vein thrombosis, but instead, you may notice symptoms of a pulmonary embolism, including:

  • Sudden shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Rapid pulse
  • Rapid breathing
  • Fainting
  • Chest discomfort or pain that seems to be worse when you cough or take a deep breath
  • Coughing up blood

If you notice any symptoms of deep vein thrombosis, do not wait to seek medical attention. If you notice symptoms of a pulmonary embolism, seek emergency care.

Where to Find Treatment for Deep Vein Thrombosis in Munster, IN

Region Vein PC serves Munster and the surrounding areas in Indiana. To learn more about deep vein thrombosis, speak with Dr. Demetrios J. Karamichos, a medical doctor, Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) and Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI)

To schedule a consultation, please call 219-595-3095 or send us a message.

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