Blood clots are a serious public health problem because they kill hundreds of thousands of adults each year, of which most cases are preventable. Deep vein thrombosis or DVT forms when blood thickens and coalesces, allowing the clot to travel and cause complications, such as a stroke.
Thrombosis is the term for the condition that occurs when a blood clot (called a thrombus) forms in an artery or vein. DVT is a life-threatening condition and a type of thrombosis, which occurs when a blood clot develops in a large vein (in the lower leg, thigh, or pelvis).
There are different symptoms when you suffer from DVT:
- Throbbing pain or cramps.
- Warm skin around the painful area.
- Red or darkened skin around the painful area.
- Swollen veins that are hard.
These symptoms occur in the extremities or belly, if that’s where the blood clot is.