Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms in the veins that are deep in the body, often in the legs. Blood clots can be caused by anything that prevents the blood from circulating normally. The most serious threat associated with DVT is Pulmonary Embolism (PE). A PE occurs when a piece of a clot breaks off and travels in the bloodstream to the lungs. If the clot is big enough, it can prevent blood from reaching the lungs, and this condition can be fatal if the blood supply is cut off. Some of the symptoms of primary embolism (PE ) are chest pain, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath and coughing up blood. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year approximately 60,000 to 100,000 people in the US die of this complication. Some of the signs of DVT are swelling, pain and tenderness in the leg, skin that feels warm and may be discolored. If DVT leads to pulmonary embolism it can obstruct blood flow in the pulmonary arteries, straining the heart which may lead to heart failure. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can sometimes also lead to post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS); blood clots in the veins can obstruct blood flow, causing it to pool in the lower extremities, typically the ankles. This pooling may lead to pain and swelling in the legs or arms. The popular TV show , The Doctors explains what DVT is and how it can be treated. There are certain factors that can increase the risk for DVT; sedentary lifestyle, obesity, smoking, cancer, inheriting a blood clotting disorder, pregnancy, birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy. If you think you are a t higher risk for DVT or are suffering from the symptoms of DVT call (888) 628 9389 to schedule a consultation with one of our vascular specialists. All treatments at USA Vein Clinics are covered by Medicare and other insurance plans.