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  • Writer's pictureAlison Howlett

What is a DVT?

Deep Vein Thrombosis, this is a Blood clot that forms in a vein, inside your muscle, more commonly a DVT will be in your leg, however you can also get this in your arms, chest and other parts of your body.

Having a DVT is very serious! Whist it might be located in your leg, where your leg could become very painful, swell and become very warm, a DVT can MOVE, to your lungs, Heart or Brain, which can cause organ damage, or even death!

A DVT is formed from poor blood flow; large blood clots forming inside your body’s veins can also break off and get stuck in the oxygen – carrying arteries.

If a blood clot blocks the flow of blood to a vital organ, such as the heart or brain, it may cause irreversible damage.

A DVT can happen to anybody at any age (my query DVT at 22yrs old) but being a bit older, over the age of 60 yrs old is more likely, also people whose blood clots easily is also at a greater risk.

Here is a few more common ways of maybe obtaining a DVT:-

After having Surgery

A broken leg, Hip, Pelvis – this lessons the blood flow

Inherited Blood clotting disorder

Birth control

Pregnancy – Just given birth or having a C-Section

Previous Heart attack or Stroke

When sitting down for long periods, like on a long haul flight or car journey

Extra weight


It is SUPER important to contact your GP or other Medical Professional if you ever feel or think, you may have a Blood Clot – DO NOT underestimate yourself, better to be safe than sorry!

Bloods4you, can provide you with a blood test called D-dimer, this test will be carried out, in the privacy and comfort of your own home, you choose the time and date, that is convenient to your busy schedule, Once you receive your Private and Confidential Blood Test Results back within 24 hours, you can then follow the next best cause of action for your own health needs.

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