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    Deep Vein Thrombosis - What Happens

    Pulmonary embolism

    When you have deep vein thrombosis (DVT), the main goal of treatment is to prevent the blood clot from growing or moving to the lungs. If a blood clot breaks loose, it can travel to the lungs and block blood flow (pulmonary embolism). A pulmonary embolism is an emergency. Treatment for DVT lowers your risk for this problem.

    The risk of a pulmonary embolism can depend on the location of the blood clot. A pulmonary embolism is more likely if a blood clot is at or above the knee than if it is in the calf. But a blood clot in a calf also has a chance of causing a pulmonary embolism.

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    Symptoms and Tests for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

    Deep vein thrombosis -- a blood clot in a deep vein, often in your leg -- can look like many other health problems. And half the time, DVT causes no symptoms. If you're over 60, you smoke, you're overweight, or you sit for long periods of time, your risk for the condition is higher -- so stay alert for some possible signs of a problem. Talk to your doctor as soon as possible if you think you might have DVT.

    Read the Symptoms and Tests for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) article > >

    For more information, see the topic Pulmonary Embolism.

    Risk of more blood clots

    After the first time you have deep vein thrombosis, there is a risk of having blood clots again. Your risk can depend on what caused your blood clot and how it was treated. Your doctor will treat you to try to prevent blood clots from happening again.

    Post-thrombotic syndrome

    If you have had DVT, you have a risk of a painful complication called post-thrombotic syndrome. You can help lower the risk of this complication with medicine and compression stockings.

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    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
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