What Are the Symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Q:
What are the symptoms of deep vein thrombosis?

A:
Not everyone with DVT shows symptoms. But you might notice any of the following:

  • A feeling of warmth in the affected leg.
  • Pain in your leg. The pain often starts in your calf and can feel like cramping or soreness.
  • Red or discolored skin on the leg.

If a blood clot breaks free and moves through your bloodstream, it can get stuck in a blood vessel of your lung. Doctors call this a pulmonary embolism, or PE, which can be fatal. Signs of PE include:

  • Chest pain or discomfort that worsens when you take a deep breath or when you cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • Feeling lightheaded or dizzy, or fainting
  • Rapid pulse
  • Sudden shortness of breath
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