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Deep Vein Thrombosis - Symptoms

Deep vein thrombosis often does not cause symptoms or causes only minor symptoms. When symptoms occur, they include:

  • Swelling.
  • Warmth.
  • Pain or tenderness. The pain may be in the calf or thigh and may be present only when the affected area is touched or when standing or walking.
  • Redness.

Other problems may cause symptoms like those of DVT. So diagnosing DVT can be difficult. These problems include less serious problems like cellulitis or a pulled muscle.

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How DVT Is Treated

Doctors have several ways to treat a deep-vein thrombosis (DVT). The most common treatment is a drug called a blood thinner. Blood thinners are also called anticoagulants. These drugs stop the clot from getting bigger. They also help prevent it from breaking off and moving to the lungs. And they prevent other clots from forming. Blood thinners don’t break down the clot itself. The body does that over time.

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Symptoms of pulmonary embolism

Sometimes life-threatening pulmonary embolism is the first sign that you have DVT. Pulmonary embolism is the sudden blockage of an artery in the lung. Symptoms of pulmonary embolism include:

  • Sudden shortness of breath.
  • Chest pain that may get worse with a deep breath.
  • A cough that may bring up blood.
  • A fast heart rate.
  • Fainting.
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Last Updated: February 11, 2013
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