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P916_ABC_DVT_PE After Surgery

C hapter 2 Controlling Risk Factors What are DVT and PE Symptoms? The signs and symptoms of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) may be related to DVT itself or to pulmonary embolism (PE). See your healthcare professional right away if you have signs or symptoms of either condition. Both DVT and PE can cause serious, possibly life-threatening complications if not treated. Deep Vein Thrombosis: Only about half of the people who have DVT have signs or symptoms. These signs and symptoms occur in the leg affected by the deep vein clot. They include: 77 Swelling of the leg or along a vein in the leg 77 Pain or tenderness in the leg, which you may feel only when standing or walking 77 Increased warmth in the area of the leg that’s swollen or in pain 77 Red or discolored skin on the leg If you have any of these DVT symptoms, call your healthcare provider: 77 Swelling, pain, or both, often in one leg 77 Sudden, continuous pain deep in the muscle 77Worsening ache when you are active or when you stand still for a long time Preventing Blood Clots After Knee or HiP rePlACement Surgery Pulmonary embolism: Know when to call 911 A pulmonary embolism (PE) occurs when an embolus (a piece of blood clot) in the bloodstream travels through the heart and into the lungs. If the embolus becomes lodged in a blood vessel in the lungs, blood flow can be blocked. Symptoms can quickly develop and cause life-threatening heart and lung problems. When to call 911 A pulmonary embolism can cause symptoms similar to those of heart conditions. Get medical help right away if you have the following: 7 Shortness of breath 7 Sudden chest pain 7 Fast heartbeat 7 Sweating 7 Fainting 7 Coughing up blood lungs pulmonary embolism heart vein embolus travels to lung blood clot Pulmonary Embolism: Know When to Call 911 Download/print this PDF 8


P916_ABC_DVT_PE After Surgery
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