Thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms inside a blood vessel. This obstructs the flow of blood in the body and circulatory systems causing blockages. The type of thrombosis diagnosed depends on the location of the blood vessel where it has formed, and the type of vessel that is affected. The most common thrombosis is deep vein thrombosis. This is when a clot forms in a deep vein, such as the femoral vein in the legs. Thrombosis can be very serious, especially is part of the clot breaks off and travels through to an organ, called an embolus, resulting in an obstruction. This can lead to a stroke, pulmonary embolism or heart attack. Signs to look out for in the legs from DVT are a discomfort and heaviness, also pain, throbbing, and warmth, itching, and swelling. Changed in the skin are also common with a discoloration or thickening. A pulmonary embolism will bring on chest pain, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat and possible coughing up of blood. Any of these symptoms should be treated as serious. For treatment, some medications and surgery can be discussed with your health professional.
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