Venous Thromboembolism

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Venous thromboembolism is a disease that includes both deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. It is a common, lethal disorder that can often be overlooked. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about VTE in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Venous thromboembolism, or VTE, happens when a blood clot forms in a large vein deep in your body. This clot is called a deep venous thrombosis. It usually happens in the leg, causing pain, swelling and redness. If the blood clot forms in your lungs, or if part of a blood clot in your leg breaks free and travels to your lungs, it is called a pulmonary embolism.

A large blood clot in your lungs can be fatal. A blood clot may also damage the veins in your legs. Symptoms of vein damage include pain, veins that are more noticeable than usual, skin color changes and leg swelling.

Your doctor can give you medicine to treat the blood clot. The medicine helps stop the clot from getting bigger and keeps new clots from forming. The clot will go away on its own after three to six months.

The medicines that treat blood clots can increase the chance of bleeding problems. Your doctor can help you prevent bleeding problems.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.