A deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is a blood clot that forms in the deep veins of the body, usually in the thigh, calf or pelvis. Symptoms include swelling, pain, tenderness or red skin. Other names for DVT include thromboembolism and venous thromboembolism.
Though the precise number of Americans with DVT is not known, about 1 in 1,000 people develop a DVT with symptoms each year, according to information provided by the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG), published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
While there are a few risk factors for DVT, having surgery that involves your hips or legs or experiencing an injury to your lower body are two of the most common. This is why most people receive anticoagulants such as warfarin or Xarelto to prevent blood clots after hip replacement or knee replacement surgery.
DVTs usually go unnoticed and dissolve on their own. But blood clots that remain in the vein can cause damage to the blood vessel.
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