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How To Know If You Have Deep Vein Thrombosis

DVT Awareness Tips from Our Vascular Surgeons


Have you been noticing pain and/or swelling in your leg? This could be caused by any of several different factors. One issue in particular to watch out for, however, is blood clotting.

The lower leg and thigh are areas that are extra susceptible to deep vein thrombosis, or DVT. DVT refers to the thickening and clumping together of blood inside a vein deep within the body. While blood clots can form in any part of any person’s body at any time, deep vein thrombosis is most common in people over the age of 60 or who have been bedridden from illness or surgery. Lifestyle factors and conditions like thrombophilia also play a role.

DVT poses a serious health risk, especially if it is allowed to go unchecked. Fortunately, there are steps we can all take to help prevent it or at least spot it early. The vascular surgeons at Connecticut Vascular Surgical Associates, P.C. have the tips you need to avoid deep vein thrombosis. We strive to keep patients throughout the Bridgeport, Fairfield, Milford, Shelton, Stratford, and Trumbull, CT communities as healthy as possible.


Warning Signs of Deep Vein Thrombosis

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it may be related to deep vein blood clotting:


· Discolored skin on the leg

· Greater warmth in a certain area of the leg

· Swelling of the leg (especially around a particular vein)

· Pain in the leg (especially when standing or walking)

· Cramping that starts in the calf

· Shortness of breath or discomfort when breathing deeply

· Coughing up blood


Contact our expert vascular surgeons today to learn more or schedule an appointment to check for DVT.