DVT (deep vein thrombosis)
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Symptoms of deep vein thrombosis include pain, swelling and warmth in the affected area, usually the leg. The skin may look red or darker than usual.
You're more likely to get deep vein thrombosis if you smoke, take the contraceptive pill, are over 60, overweight or pregnant.
Deep vein thrombosis is diagnosed by an ultrasound scan at a hospital. You may also need to have an X-ray of the vein.
The main treatment for deep vein thrombosis is blood-thinning medicines. Some people may need to have surgery to remove or stop blood clots.
Walking regularly, raising your leg when sitting, and delaying flights or long journeys can help with your recovery from deep vein thrombosis.
You can lower your chance of getting deep vein thrombosis by staying a healthy weight, being active, drinking lots of fluids and not smoking.
Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot in a vein, usually in the leg. It can be dangerous, so get medical help quickly if you think you have it.
Page last reviewed: 22/03/2023
Next review due: 22/03/2026