A blood clot can break out in your leg and travel to the lung, where it can block blood flow and become a serious health emergency.
We’ve all had a leg cramp here and there, when we don’t drink enough water, do too much at the gym, or go for a run after a long layover. But there is a type of leg pain that may seem like a cramp but may actually indicate a very serious health problem.
deep vein thrombosis
DVT is a serious condition when a blood clot forms in one of the deep veins of the body, usually the groin or lower leg. Doctors have noticed that COVID-19 patients develop deep vein thrombosis.
Warning signs of venous thrombosis
A classic symptom of venous thrombosis is leg pain. It may start in the calf and may feel like cramping or general discomfort. The pain can then isolate itself at one point and become more severe. There may also be swelling of the affected limb, as well as redness or a sensation of warmth.
Generally, sufferers describe the pain as “pulsating” pain with a “focal point”. It can be felt, for example, by bending down to grasp something. Then we begin to feel leg pain that does not pass.
Those times when there are no symptoms of DVT.
These blood clots can dissolve and disappear on their own. But it can lead to life-threatening complications.
Possible complications: pulmonary embolism
Pulmonary embolism occurs when a blood clot breaks off from the extremities, travels through the body and gets stuck in the lung, preventing blood flow through the arteries. This is an emergency, and you need to seek treatment immediately. Symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain when breathing or coughing, rapid breathing, rapid pulse, feeling faint, and coughing up blood.
You can help prevent DVT and blood clots by staying active and avoiding sitting for long periods of time, such as while working at your desk or on a long plane flight. Do not cross your legs when sitting in these positions. Try to get up and walk every hour or so.
It is also helpful to exercise regularly, control your weight, and avoid smoking.
* Presse Santé strives to impart medical knowledge in a language accessible to all. In no way can the information provided replace medical advice.
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