Pregnancy and Deep Vein Thrombosis



Dr. Ellen Schwartzbard, Obstetrician and Gynecologist with Baptist Health South Florida, says deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is when a blood clot develops in the deep veins of your lower extremities.

She explains when somebody has DVT, swellness tends to be more one-sided rather than both sides, and they have pain and redness.

Transcript
But something that isn’t on this list but it’s also important to pay attention to is deep vein thrombosis DVT so what is it essentially so DVT specifically is one a blood clot develops in the deep veins okay of your lower extremities and people see those veins that occur very superficially those aren’t the ones that were really worried about here it’s the ones that are very deep and and they’re not visible and this is a very serious complication it’s more of the rarer ones but it is so serious that it is very important to talk about and if since they’re the deep vein how are these often diagnosed or seen so patients come in frequently complaining of swelling and you have to be careful when you talk about swelling because that is also a very common complaint salutely see yes especially as you get towards that third trimester everybody’s saying oh look at my legs they’re so small cankles exactly so when somebody has a deep vein thrombosis it tends to be more one-sided rather than both sides and then pain redness and it hurts more when they’re walking so the symptoms are a big thing and sometimes actually they don’t even have that many complaints so you have to be very careful and the big complication that can happen with a deep vein thrombosis is it can travel to the lungs and become a pulmonary embolism which is very very serious you.
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