What are blood clots in the legs?
Blood clots (also known as deep venous thrombosis or thrombophlebitis) are a condition in which a blood clot forms in a vein that is deep inside the body. Blood clots mainly affect the deep veins in the lower leg and thigh and can interfere with blood flow. If the clot breaks off and travels through the bloodstream (embolizes), it can lodge in the brain, lungs, heart and other areas, severely damaging organs.
Who’s at risk for blood clots?
Blood clots can be caused by prolonged sitting or bedrest, recent surgery, childbirth or medications that contain estrogen. Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is most common in patients over 60 but can occur in any age group.
What are the symptoms?
If only one leg is feeling pain, tenderness, increased warmth or swelling, you may have a blood clot.
When should I call a doctor?
If you are experiencing any DVT-like symptoms, contact a medical professional immediately. Call 911 or go to the ER if you develop chest pain, difficulty breathing, fainting or other severe symptoms.