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    Deep Vein Thrombosis - When To Call a Doctor

    Call 911 or other emergency services if you have pulmonary embolism symptoms, including:

    Call your doctor immediately if you have DVT symptoms, including:

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    DVT Dangers and How to Prevent Them

    The greatest danger from deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is that the clot will break loose, travel through your blood, and damage an organ. "The place it gets stuck most commonly is the lungs, and that's called a pulmonary embolism (PE)," says Molly Cooke, MD, of the University of California, San Francisco. Less often, another clot can form and travel to the brain and cause a stroke. If a clot travels to the heart, it could cause a heart attack. A clot in the kidneys can cause kidney failure. Depending...

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    • Swelling, warmth, or tenderness in the soft tissues of your leg. Swelling may also appear as a swollen ridge along a blood vessel that you can feel.
    • Pain in your leg that gets worse when you stand or walk. This is especially important if there is also swelling or redness in your leg.

    Who to see

    Health professionals who can diagnose a blood clot in the leg include:

    To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.

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    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
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