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DVT (Blood Clot in the Leg) Topic Guide

DVT (Blood Clot in the Leg) DVT (Blood Clot in the Leg):

Deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in the leg, DVT) is a blood clot imbedded in one of the major veins of the lower body, including the legs, thighs, or pelvis. Disease and conditions that put you at risk of DVT are many, and include:

Symptoms of DVT include:

  • Redness and warmth to the touch
  • Leg swelling
  • Pain or tenderness in the leg
  • Redness or discoloration of the skin on the leg
  • Leg cramps
  • Edema
  • Pain

Treatment for a blood clot in the leg include:

You can prevent a blood clot in the leg by moving around during prolonged periods of immobility, taking your medicine as your doctor has prescribed, getting up and moving as soon as possible after surgery or an illness (this lowers your chances of getting DVT), and exercising your leg muscles during long trips (particularly the lower leg muscles).

REFERENCE: NIH. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. "What Is Deep Vein Thrombosis?" Updated: Oct 28, 2011.

DVT (Blood Clot in the Leg) Topic Guide - Visuals

DVT (Blood Clot in the Leg) Topic Guide - Medications and Vitamins

Medications:

rivaroxaban Rivaroxaban

Rivaroxaban is used to treat or prevent blood clots in the legs (deep vein thrombosis) or in the lungs (pulmonary embolism). These types of blood clots can ...learn more »

dalteparin Dalteparin

Dalteparin is an anticoagulant that helps prevent the formation of blood clots...learn more »

enoxaparin Enoxaparin

Enoxaparin is an anticoagulant that helps prevent the formation of blood clots...learn more »

heparin Heparin

Heparin is an anticoagulant (blood thinner) that prevents the formation of blood clots...learn more »

warfarin Warfarin

Warfarin is an anticoagulant (blood thinner). Warfarin reduces the formation of blood clots...learn more »