Desert Vein & Vascular Institute


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14155 N. 83rd Ave Ste 136
Peoria, Arizona 85381

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Deep Venous Thrombosis

WHAT IS A BLOOD CLOT?

A blood clot can form when the flow of blood in blood vessels changes or the clotting system of the blood vessels is abnormal.  Blood clots in the veins are known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Pulmonary embolism (PE) is caused by the detachment (embolization) of a clot that travels to the lungs.

Deep vein thrombosis: DVT can occur in any vein of the body, although most commonly occur in the legs. A leg DVT can be in a small vein or can span the entire leg. This can lead to swelling, pain and color changes of the leg.

Pulmonary embolism: When pulmonary embolism occurs, it is usually small enough so that blood can flow around the clot and into the lungs. However, in some cases, the clot can be large enough to block much of the blood flow to the lungs. In severe cases, this can lead to heart failure and/or death.

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Desert Vein & Vascular Institute
14155 N. 83rd Ave Ste 136
Peoria Arizona 85381
Phone 623-847-3884