There are primary veins that work to return blood from your limbs back to your heart and lungs. This blood circulation keeps our bodies healthy by delivering essential nutrients and ensuring vital functionalities. When a blood clot forms in our veins, this can block the necessary circulation of blood passing through our body. If there is a blood clot in a primary vein, it is called deep vein thrombosis. Most often, this condition appears in the legs but can occur elsewhere in the body. Deep vein thrombosis is a serious medical condition that must be evaluated by a professional immediately. Here are the warning signs and common symptoms of deep vein thrombosis:
- Swelling – If your blood is failing to circulate properly, this could be from a blood clot. You will likely notice the area start to swell up as the blood pools in the vein and is unable to pass.
- Discoloration – Similar to the markings of a bruise, DVT can cause discoloration of the skin in the affected area. Keep a look out for swelling combined with discoloration of the skin.
- Pain – On top of these other symptoms, the affected area will hurt. It could feel like a cramp or a pain that comes when you stand up and start to move around.
- Warmth – If your skin begins to feel warm to the touch, then this is a sign of blocked or reduced blood flow in the area.
- Tenderness – If your legs or arms begin to feel tender to the touch, along with these other symptoms, call a professional.
If you suspect that you are experiencing deep vein thrombosis, call a medical professional, like Dr. Kafri, immediately. This is a serious medical condition that requires immediate attention to prevent the issue from furthering and causing permanent damage. Visit our website for information on how to schedule an appointment with us today!