Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is the formation of a blood clot (thrombus) in a vein deep inside the body. The clot may interfere with circulation and break off and travel through the bloodstream where it could lodge in the brain, lungs, heart or other area causing damage. DVT commonly occurs in the lower leg, thigh or pelvis. Occasionally, the veins of the arms are affected.
DVT Risk Factors
- Age 40 and above
- Immobility, such as bed rest or sitting for long periods of time
- Recent surgery or trauma
- Coagulation abnormalities
- Having a central venous catheter
- Limb trauma and/or orthopedic procedures
- Childbirth within the last six months
- Hormone therapy or use of oral contraceptives
- History of miscarriage
- Tobacco usage
- Previous DVT or family history of DVT
- Previous or current cancer
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