What is a DVT?
DVT stands for Deep Vein Thrombosis. This is a blood clot that forms in one or more of the deep veins in the body. These clots usually develop in the lower leg, thigh, or pelvis, but can also occur in the arm or other large veins. An abnormal clot that forms in a deep vein may restrict the return of blood to the heart and can result in symptoms.
Common DVT Symptoms:
- Swelling in one arm or leg
- Pain or tenderness not caused by injury
- Skin that is warm to the touch
- Redness or discoloration of the skin
Since the symptoms of a DVT can be similar to other conditions, like a pulled muscle or the flu, this often leads to delay in diagnosis. Some people with a DVT may have no symptoms at all.
What is a PE?
PE stands for Pulmonary Embolism. A PE occurs when part, or all, of a clot breaks off and travels through the bloodstream and into the lung(s). If the clot is small, and with appropriate treatment, people can recover from PE. However, there could be some damage to the lungs. If the clot is large, it can stop blood from reaching the lungs and can be life-threatening.
Common PE Symptoms:
- Difficulty breathing or feeling short of breath
- Chest pain that worsens with a deep breath or lying down
- Coughing or coughing up blood
- Faster than normal heartbeat or irregular heartbeat