Because the most common place for a blood clot occurrence is in the lower leg, learning about what to expect if you have one could truly save your life. Blood clots in the leg (also commonly known as Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT) can lead to complications that include life-threatening complications such as pulmonary embolism.
Clotting or coagulation of the blood in any part of the circulatory system is referred to as “thrombosis”, more commonly known as a blood clot. This can be caused by poor health habits, but the tendency toward blood clots in the legs may also be hereditary. People who are unwell, aged, obese, or are not able to move around a lot are particularly susceptible to developing blood clots.
Symptoms of a blood clot will partially depend on the size of the blood clot, how long it has been present, and how severe it has become. A blood clot in the leg can be easily confused with other medical conditions such as a sprained ankle or pulled muscle. Following are the top signs and symptoms that you may experience if you have a blood clot in your leg. If you experience them, particularly if they come on suddenly, you should call your doctor right away.
A minimal redness or discoloration of the skin may be one of the first signs that a blood clot is beginning to form (deep vein thrombus). As dense sections of blood develop below the surface of the skin, they grow in size and become visible. Persistent red patches of skin in the legs, particularly after surgery or an injury, should be mentioned to your doctor in case there is some reason for concern. Another type of discoloration could be that your leg begins looking pale, bluish, or dusky in color.
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