Hamilton County Vein Experts Explain Why If You Have DVT You Should Know the Symptoms of Stroke and Pulmonary Embolism

Over our years as Hamilton County vein experts, we have become aware that many of our patients who have deep vein thrombosis (or who, because of lifestyle issues or heredity are at high risk of developing it) are NOT aware of two of the most dangerous risks posed by that condition. DVT occurs when blood clots form in the deep veins of the legs, which is problematic because it can cause cramps, pain, and impaired circulation, but it can also become dangerous if the blood clots travel through the circulatory system to the brain (where they can cause a stroke) or to the lungs (where they can cause a pulmonary embolism).

Both of these conditions can be fatal, so the purpose of this article is to increase awareness of the symptoms of these conditions, so that you can recognize them and seek immediate medical treatment if they occur.

Symptoms of pulmonary embolism that every DVT patient should knowHamilton County vein experts

A pulmonary embolism (PE) occurs when blood clots travel to the lungs and block the proper flow of blood. Symptoms of PE include:

  • Sharp chest pain that gets worse when you cough, breathe deeply, bend over, or stoop, and that doesn’t go away when you rest.
  • Shortness of breath, especially if it gets worse after exercise.
  • A cough that produces bloody sputum or pink, foamy mucus.
  • Leg pain, swelling, or severe cramps, usually in the calf muscles.
  • Fever or excessive sweating.
  • Clammy or discolored skin, often accompanied by feelings of anxiety.
  • Sudden lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting.
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat.

If you have DVT (or have been told by your Hamilton County vein experts that you are at high risk for it) and experience these symptoms, you should see your doctor.

If you experience the first three symptoms above, you should seek immediate medical care.

Symptoms of stroke that every DVT patient should know

Stroke occurs when a blood clot cuts off blood flow to the brain. Symptoms include:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness in the leg, arm, or face.
  • Sudden dizziness, trouble walking, or loss of balance and coordination.
  • Sudden confusion or difficulty understanding.
  • Sudden trouble seeing out of one or both eyes.
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

If you experience these symptoms, immediately ask a friend or family member to administer the F.A.S.T. test from the National Stroke Association:

  • Face – Ask the person to face you and smile. Does one side of their face droop, or does it feel numb?
  • Arms – Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech – Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Can he or she repeat the sentence clearly?
  • Time – If the person shows any of these symptoms, it’s time to call 911. Call for an ambulance and get to the hospital immediately.

If you are already undergoing treatment for your DVT, follow the guidelines given to you by your Hamilton County vein experts, and make sure to keep all follow-up appointments with them. Modern treatments can shrink or eliminate existing blood clots, but the condition can potentially reoccur, so it’s always safest to err on the side of caution and have regular re-examinations.

If you have any questions about any of these symptoms or suggested guidelines, give us a call at our vein clinic in Hamilton County at 609-528-6330 or go online to schedule. We’ll be happy to answer them.


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