What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Deep Vein Thrombosis is a blood clot in a vein. It is more common in the calf muscle area, particularly following surgery and has also been linking to long haul air travel. This condition poses the additional danger of being potentially fatal. If the clot comes loose it can work it's way up to the heart and cause a stroke or heart attack.
The symptoms of a DVT include constant calf pain which isn't exacerbated by movement as much as a calf strain; tenderness at a point in the muscle; swelling andÂ warmth
If you suspect you may have a DVT, visit a Doctor immediately. Your Doctor will examine the area and send you for a scan to confirm the diagnosis.
Deep vein thromboses are treated with blood thinning medications. Heparin is injection daily for around a week, and Warfarin is taken orally, usually for much longer. Blood tests are taken regularly to check that the patient is on the right dose.
Compression socks are recommended for use with a DVT to apply pressure, relieve discomfort and improve circulation.