Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a condition in which blood clots form in the deep veins of the legs, pelvis or arms. Blood clots that form in the deep veins of the upper and lower extremities are called Deep Venous Thromboses or DVTs. If a blood clot breaks off and travels to the lungs it becomes a pulmonary embolism or PE, blocking the blood supply to the lungs which can be life-threatening.
Both men and women may experience any of the following symptoms:
- Leg pain or tenderness of the thigh or calf
- Leg swelling (edema) or along a vein in the leg
- Skin that feels warm to the touch in the area that’s painful or swollen
- Reddish discoloration or red streaks