Deep Vein Thrombosis
Approximately 50% of those with Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) have no recognizable symptoms. Leg pain, especially in the calf, is one of the most common symptoms. Symptoms may also include swelling, associated warmth and redness in the affected extremity. Symptoms may appear suddenly or progress slowly over time.
If the clot breaks loose and becomes a pulmonary embolism (PE), symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath, rapid pulse, or a cough. There may also be a feeling of apprehension, sweating or fainting. These symptoms are critical and demand immediate medical attention.
When DVT is suspected through clinical examination, diagnostic testing is then indicated. An ultrasound scan is usually ordered because it is non-invasive and highly accurate. A specific blood test may be performed to measure “D-dimer” as a sign of recent clotting. If this test is negative, it is very unlikely that you have suffered a DVT.