Complications of DVT

Dan SteffesMar 19, '14

About one-third of patients with DVT, develop a long term complication known as post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS). This condition can show up as chronic pain, swelling and discoloration of the leg, as well as the development of open ulcers, caused b the damage that is done by the clot to valves in the veins. The likelihood of another clot forming is high once you have had a DVT. The effects of PTS are long lasting and can lessen one's quality of life.

You can prevent DVTs by:

  • Exercising regularly, including stretching and leg movement when travelling
  • Smoking cessation
  • Maintaining a normal body weight
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Wearing compression stockings or socks, which reduces the risk of DVT or complication by 50%

Did You Know?

  • 74% of adults have little to no awareness of DVT
  • More people die each year in the Us from DVT complications than motor vehicle accidents, breast cancer and AIDS combined
  • A pregnant women is 5-6 times more likely to develop DVT than a non-pregnant woman
  • 40% of DVT patients will develop more blood clots within 1-2 years
  • Wearing compression stockings or socks reduces the risk of DVT or complications by 50%