Deep vein thrombosis
Written by Dr Claudia Pastides, 3rd April 2019
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in the deep veins of the leg, usually in the calf or thigh.
DVTs can happen for no apparent reason, but certain risk factors increase the chances of a clot forming in the leg.
- Age over 75 years old
- Being overweight
- Major surgery such as orthopedic surgery
- Some medications such as oral contraceptives or oestrogen containing medicines
- Having a history of stroke
- Having a history of DVT
- History of (or ongoing) cancer diagnosis
- Swelling of the affected limb
- Pain and/or tenderness of the affected limb
- Bulging veins in the affected limb
- Skin colour change in the affected limb
- Blood thinning or clot dissolving medication
- Specialist treatment or surgery
When to speak to a doctor
It is important to speak to a doctor urgently if you believe you might have a DVT. To speak to one of our Babylon GPs, download the app and create an account today.
You should call 999 if you have:
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain
- Pale blue skin
Deep vein thrombosis can be managed and prevented by:
- Blood thinning medications
- Wearing compression stockings
- Avoiding long periods of time without moving
- Keeping active with a regular exercise routine
- Getting up and walking after prolonged periods of sitting, such as on a flight
NHS - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/deep-vein-thrombosis-dvt/
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