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Symptoms of Vein Disease

Signs of Blood Clots in the Leg Veins (Deep Vein Thrombosis)

Deep Vein Thrombosis, or DVT, is when a blood clot forms in one of the body’s large veins, usually in the lower leg or calf. These blood clots partially or completely block the vein, and may break off and travel to the lungs causing a potentially deadly pulmonary embolism (PE). DVT is a medical emergency, so if you experience any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1:

Signs of Chronic Vein Disease

Varicose veins are the most common early sign of vein disease:

At first, varicose veins may not cause any other symptoms, but they are a sign of an underlying problem that will gradually get worse over time. As chronic vein disease progresses, eventually the veins become unable to send enough blood back to the heart, a condition known as Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). This causes blood to pool in the legs, producing one or more of the following symptoms:

If you have varicose veins that cause pain, swelling, or skin changes, or experience any of the other symptoms of CVI, make an appointment to see your doctor right away. Treatments are available to relieve your symptoms and prevent serious complications such as blood clots and even amputation of the foot or leg.

Learn More:

Preventing DVT: The Basics
Diagnosis of Deep Vein Thrombosis & Pulmonary Embolism
Diagnosis of Chronic Vein Disease

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Treatment of Vein Disease
Living with Vein Disease

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