If you suffer with varicose veins, there are a few warning signs that you should be aware of that could indicate a serious complication of varicose veins – a deep vein thrombosis or DVT
People with varicose veins, are more likely to develop a thrombosis or a blood clot in the deep veins of the leg. Symptoms of a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) include swelling of just one leg, (especially your calf) and possibly warm skin in the affected area. Sometimes there is tenderness and redness of a surface blood vessel that could signal a deeper problem.
DVT usually affects just one leg and the pain may be worse if you bend your toes upwards. DVT is important because untreated DVT could lead to a pulmonary embolism which is when a blood clot breaks off and goes to the lungs.
Symptoms of a pulmonary embolism include chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness and possible sudden collapse.
Both Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are serious conditions which require urgent assessment and treatment. You are more likely to have a blood clot if you have a history in your family of blood clots or if you’ve had one in the past.
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