Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) / Blood Clots
Blood clots are a normal reaction to blood vessel injury and bleeding. Sometimes a blood clot can form in a vein deep in the body, which is called DVT. A serious and potentially life-threatening complication of these blood clots is when a deep vein clot breaks loose and travels through the blood stream, lodging in the arteries in the lungs and blocking blood flow to the lungs.
Learn About Deep Vein Thrombosis/Blood Clots
Blood clotting is normal but can be dangerous when inside a vein. Clots in veins deep in the body can break free, travel through the bloodstream and get stuck in the lungs, blocking blood flow.Learn more
DVT/Blood Clots Symptoms, Causes and Risk Factors
There are many different factors that can increase a person's risk of developing DVT. Symptoms can include unexplained onset of shortness of breath or swelling of one of your extremities.Learn more
Diagnosing and Treating DVT/Blood Clots
During the course of an evaluation your healthcare provider may use questionnaires, personal history, blood tests and imaging studies to determine the most likely diagnosis to fit with your symptoms.Learn more
Living with DVT/Blood Clots
After a DVT/blood clot, patients need to learn how to live with the risk of recurrence. Anticoagulation (blood thinners) remains the mainstay of therapy, and may be needed for as little as three months, but can be lifelong treatment. The length of treatment depends on the underlying cause.Learn more
This content was developed in partnership with the CHEST Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American College of Chest Physicians.