Did you know that deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is an injury that is often associated with car accidents? This potentially fatal condition occurs when there is a disruption in the blood flow in your body. Treating the condition is essential to help prevent further complications from developing.
What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a blood blot forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body. The condition most commonly occurs in the legs and, when it does, it can cause leg pain or swelling. In some cases, however, there are no symptoms associated with the condition.
How Can I Get Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Deep vein thrombosis is often associated with certain medical conditions, but it can also occur when you don’t move your leg for a period of time. Following surgery or an accident during which you are confined to bed, for example, deep vein thrombosis may develop.
What are the Complications of Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Deep vein thrombosis can be dangerous because the blood clots that have developed in your veins can break loose and then travel through your bloodstream and into your lungs. When they get lodged into your lungs, they block blood flow and lead to a pulmonary embolism.
How is Deep Vein Thrombosis Treated?
Steps should be taken to prevent deep vein thrombosis from occurring. If it does, however, treatment may include using blood thinners, clot busters, filters inserted into the vein and compression stockings.
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