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Blood Clots

Blood clots in the legs, also known as thrombosis, can be an issue involving deep or superficial circulation. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a serious condition that can threaten your life because of the risk of a clot traveling to the lungs and resulting in a pulmonary embolism. Superficial vein thrombosis (SVT), however, is typically a short-term condition (1-4 weeks) that doesn’t lead to serious, life-threatening complications.

What Causes Blood Clots?

Blood clots in the leg are most commonly caused by prolonged periods of immobility, such as after surgery or during a long airplane flight. Other risk factors for developing blood clots include pregnancy, taking birth control pills, and having certain medical conditions.

What are the Symptoms of a Blood Clot?

Symptoms of both DVT and SVT include inflammation, tenderness, and firmness of the visible vein. The skin may also become permanently discolored. SVT is characterized by inflammation due to clotted veins just below the surface of the skin. This form of clot is typically a short-term condition (1-4 weeks) that doesn’t lead to serious, life-threatening complications.

What Are the Treatments for DVT and SVT?

If you have a blood clot in the leg, it is important to follow your doctor’s instructions and take all of your medications as prescribed. We can determine the type of clot you’re suffering from and how best to treat it safely and effectively.

With prompt treatment, most people with blood clots in the leg make a full recovery.

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