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Leg pain? Watch out – Deep Venous Thrombosis Symptoms Checker

 

Deep venous thrombosis is a widespread disease referring to a blood clot in deep veins. Knowing about its symptoms and risk factors is the cornerstone for preventing possible complications.

A blood clot is a solid or semi-solid form of blood. Importantly, although it is usually heard that blood clots cause problems or disease in people. Blood clotting is a necessary process in the human body. In certain situations, for example, when people cut, the blood clot prevents losing blood. Therefore, a blood clot is a mechanism necessary for survival and body well-functioning.

Despite that, blood clotting is a necessary process; indeed, it can cause disease. In typical situations, there could be blood clots forming in the veins that dissolve on their own. However, sometimes they do not dissolve and stay within the vein, entailing a possible life-threatening condition.

In the first instance, the fact that a blood clot is in a vein does not cause disease. Still, that blood clot can detach from the vein’s lining and travel, becoming a serious concern. When a blood clot travels from the vein, it can pass the heart and reach the lungs, stopping blood flow. This is what doctors call “Pulmonary Embolism,” and it is a medical emergency.

Most deep venous thrombosis cases do not cause symptoms and remain hidden. Nevertheless, pulmonary embolism, which origins from deep venous thrombosis, is a major death source in the United States, with approximately 300,000 people dying from it every year.

Deep venous thrombosis symptoms are suggestive of the disease but are very far from aiding in its diagnosis. The symptoms coincide with the ones of several other conditions. Therefore, a doctor requires some risk factors to be present and the symptoms to think about the disease.

After a careful assessment, patients will be at low, medium, or high risk of deep venous thrombosis. And because of that, later on, doctors would perform several blood and imaging exams to confirm the disease and start treatment. Treatment focuses on preventing blood clot formation through medications.

The tool is a Deep Venous Thrombosis Symptoms Checker. It gathers the most important signs, symptoms, and risk factors for the disease.

Around 50% of patients with this disease do not present any symptoms. Consequently, both people with symptoms suggestive of or at significant risk of having deep venous thrombosis should seek healthcare.

As said earlier, diagnosis is a mixture of blood and imaging tests doctors perform plus their assessment. Although necessary for confirming the disease and avoid confusion by illnesses presenting with similar manifestations, some of those tests are very laborious.

In light of all this information, prevention of deep venous thrombosis is of paramount importance for evading a possible “Pulmonary embolism,” therefore, for avoiding death. This tool gathers questions that aim to find patients at higher risk of developing deep venous thrombosis. And it also aims to tell someone if its symptoms are because of this disease. Using the tool is free and would only take a few minutes.

  • Question of

    Do you have less than forty years?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have 75 years or more?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have cancer right now? Or, Do you are receiving cancer treatment right now? Or, did you receive cancer treatment in the last six months? Or, do you are under palliative care for cancer? (If your answer is yes to any of these questions, click yes)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have been diagnosed with Deep Vein Thrombosis in the past?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have at least two close family members (i.e., parents or siblings) diagnosed with deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have obesity? (please search in google the “BMI formula,” and with your weight and height, it will calculate that diagnosis)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a disease that requires you to lay in bed most of the time?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Were you recently confined to bed because of infirmity or illness for more than three days? Or, did you underwent surgery in the last month?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Was this a surgical repair or replacement of hip or knee joints?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you are pregnant or delivered within the last three months?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Did you take a long plane or car trip (longer than 4 hours) in the last month?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have been diagnosed with a stroke, heart attack, or heart failure?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease, nephrotic syndrome, or LUPUS?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have paralysis of your lower extremities? Or, did you recently got a plaster immobilization of the lower extremities for whatever reason? (If your answer is yes to any of these two questions, click yes)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you use oral contraceptives (birth pills), or do you take hormone replacement therapy (estrogen)?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Did one leg get more prominent (bigger) than the other one? (For an example, please refer to the photo below)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Are both of your legs more prominent or bigger than they usually do?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have leg or thigh pain in just one lower limb?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have calf pain when forcing (flexing) your foot upward?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have swelling in one of your legs?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have calf or thigh tenderness in one of your lower limbs?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Is there a reddish skin coloration in the calf or thigh of one of your lower limbs?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a reddish or bluish coloration of the leg affected by pain, enlargement, or swelling?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a fever and a wound with fluid (purulent discharge) or secretion in your affected leg?

    • Yes
    • No

Written by Dr. Esteban Kosak

Doctor of Medicine - MD Recently Graduated from Medical School and inspired to aid the global population during this situation. I think that we shall no longer be waiting to see a doctor when we feel sick. Several times we feel disease searches in Google drive us to a rabbit hole and come out thinking that we may die of cancer or something very serious, given that symptoms may seem to fit a wide variety of illnesses. Since I recently graduated from medical school. I have all the medical information fresh in my mind. My thorough experience as an expert researcher allows me to very-well known the different diseases and conditions that affect human bodies. Empowered by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). I think that we all can provide a grain of sand to help humanity. That's why we created Symptoms.Care a place where you can come and screen your symptoms and find what different illnesses can be related to them. Armed with the right information you can instantly, discretely, secure and from the comfort of your home talk with a Doctor that can Evaluate your Symptoms and help you seek the right treatment.

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