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Deep vein thrombosis - a blood clot in a deep vein, often in your leg -- can look like many other health problems. And half the time, DVT causes no symptoms.
If you're over 60, you smoke, you're overweight, or you sit for long periods of time, your risk for the condition is higher -- so stay alert for some possible signs of a problem. Talk to your doctor as soon as possible if you think you might have DVT.
Call your doctor's office if you have these symptoms, especially if they appear suddenly:
- Swelling in one or both legs
- Pain or tenderness in one or both legs, even if it's just when you stand or walk
- Warm skin on your leg
- Red or discolored skin on your leg
- Veins you can see
- Tired legs
If you have a blood clot and it breaks free, it could travel to your lungs. That's called a pulmonary embolism, and it can be deadly. Like DVT, it may not cause symptoms.
Call 911 or go to an emergency room right away if you notice:
- Sudden coughing, which may bring up blood
- Sharp chest pain
- Rapid breathing or shortness of breath
- Severe lightheadedness
Often, medication and taking care of yourself will do the trick. But you may need surgery. Talk to your doctor about which medical treatment options are right for you.