Deep vein thrombosis is something that is easy to understand according to Newtown physician Alex Afshar, MD a phlebology expert at the Vein Institute at 33 Church Hill Road.
“It’s a clot,” Dr Afshar said.
But that simple description in no way diminishes the seriousness of DVT or the clots that can form, most often in the leg or lower extremities, and which could result in a blockage called pulmonary embolism (PE).
If the clot is small, and with appropriate treatment, people can recover from PE. However, there could be some damage to the lungs. If the clot is large, it can stop blood from reaching the lungs and is fatal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The good news, Dr Afshar said, is that DVT is preventable and treatable if discovered early.