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 know

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

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:

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:

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.

Imtiaz Ahmad, MD

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