DVT is a blood clot in a deep vein, usually in the leg, thigh, or pelvis, and can also occur in the arm.
A PE is a blood clot in the lungs and is the most serious condition that can be caused by DVT. This happens when a DVT clot, or part of it, breaks off and travels through the bloodstream to the lungs, reducing or cutting off blood supply. This can be deadly.
Symptoms of DVT,
usually in the leg, thigh,
or pelvis, can include:
Symptoms of PE
Seeking medical attention early may help reduce
the chances of DVT or PE becoming more
serious. If you have one or more of these symptoms, contact a doctor or healthcare professional.
Symptoms can also be associated with other potentially serious conditions not related to DVT/PE.
Only a healthcare professional can determine whether these symptoms indicate DVT/PE or another condition.
There are some risk factors that may increase your chances of developing DVT/PE. These include:
Each year, as many as
900k Americans can be
affected by DVT/PE
CDC website; data from 2010
“I had shortness of breath.
Over the course of a couple weeks
I actually started coughing up blood.”
a PE patient
About 50% of people who have DVT may
not experience any symptoms at all.
There are multiple options for managing DVT/PE blood clots and reducing the risk of them happening again. A healthcare professional will decide if you need treatment as well as duration of treatment and will work with you to determine which option may be right for you.
If you have been diagnosed with DVT/PE, talk to a healthcare professional about a prescription option.