Symptoms of a DVT in legs

Symptoms of a DVT in Legs: Don’t Ignore the Warning Signs


Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that forms in a vein, usually in the leg. Symptoms of DVT include sharp pain of acute onset and swelling, in the affected area, with the calf being the most frequent site. DVT can be dangerous because it can break loose and travel to the lungs, blocking blood flow and causing a pulmonary embolism (PE). NY Vein Treatment Center is a leading provider of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of DVT and its complications. If you think you may have a DVT, contact us immediately for a consultation. Symptoms of DVT include:


You may experience pain and/or tenderness (focal pain, induced by manual pressure) of the affected area, most commonly calves, followed by thighs. Rarely, a DVT can form in the arms and even in deep veins of the trunk.


The affected area swells, often causing the skin to stretch and feel tight and look “shiny” or “glossy.”

Superficial vein distension

Due to the deep vein blockage, all venous blood is being diverted to the superficial veins, which can look more prominent on the affected extremity compared to the other side.


You may feel warmth in the affected area due to the diversion of blood flow from the deep to the superficial venous system.

If you experience any of these symptoms, contact NY Vein Treatment Center immediately for a consultation. Our team of experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals will conduct an appropriate diagnostic evaluation, initiate immediate treatment, if necessary, and develop a follow-up plan focused on preventing DVT recurrence and avoiding its complications.

Symptoms of a DVT can often be subtle. Even more often, they can be very similar to other diseases, some of which might require even more immediate attention, so getting a prompt and proper evaluation by a physician intimately familiar with this type of circulation abnormalities is crucial.

What Can Happen if DVT Goes Untreated

If DVT is left untreated, it can lead to serious complications, including:

Pulmonary embolism (PE)

PE occurs when a blood clot breaks loose and travels to the lungs, blocking blood flow and causing potentially life-threatening damage.

Post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS)

PTS is a condition that can occur after a DVT is resolved. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and skin changes in the affected leg, leading eventually to a condition known as “secondary saphenous insufficiency,” with the symptoms, clinical course, and complications of chronic venous hypertension of the lower limbs. PTS is a chronic, incurable condition requiring life-long treatment, often leading to permanent disability.

Ascending DVT and inferior vena cave (IVC) thrombosis

Incorrectly treated DVT can extend and spread into the other veins going in the heart’s direction, eventually leading to blockage of IVC, the biggest vein, collecting all the blood from the trunk and lower limbs. This is a dreaded complication with irreversible symptoms, unavoidable severe disability, and no effective treatment options.

If you think you may have a DVT, contact NY Vein Treatment Center immediately. Timing is of the essence – the sooner diagnosis is established, and treatment is started, the better results are. Our team of dedicated experts will go through differential diagnosis, development, and implementation of a plan of treatment and prevention of complications, as well as closely follow your progress. Proper and prompt management of a DVT is of paramount importance and should be evaluated by a qualified physician who can develop a treatment plan under close supervision with regular follow-ups and cross-referrals to other specialists, as necessary.

You’re in Good Hands with NY Vein Treatment Center

If you suspect that you may have a DVT, contact NY Vein Treatment Center immediately. DVTs are dangerous but can be treated, which is why it is best to be safe rather than sorry and book a consultation. NY Vein Treatment Center is a center of excellence and a leading provider of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of DVT and its complications. If you think you may have a DVT, contact us immediately. Our team of highly trained healthcare professionals will conduct a proper evaluation, develop an individualized treatment plan, and start the treatment right away while providing close medical supervision and routine follow-ups.

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