What is DVT
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
It is the formation of a blood clot (Thrombus) within a deep vein, most commonly the legs.
This happens due to reduced blood flow mainly due to long term immobilization.
Pulmonary Embolism (PE): Most dangerous and potentially fatal consequence of DVT. Occurs ehwn a blood clot detaches and travels to the heart, blocking the arteries.
Patients are usually asymptomatic until the occurrence of a fatal PE
DVT and PE together are termed as Venous Thrombosis (VTE)