Information About Deep Vein Thrombosis

(also known as DVT)

Blood clots form when blood becomes thick and clumps together. Blood clots that form in a deep vein within your body such as your thigh or lower leg are called deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The condition may be life threatening if the clot loosens. A loose clot can travel in the vein through your bloodstream and lodge in your lung (pulmonary embolism). Preventing pulmonary embolism starts by identifying deep vein thrombosis and starting measures to prevent a pulmonary embolism.

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