Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) - An interview with Stephen Black, Consultant Vascular Surgeon

DVT (deep vein thrombosis) is a blood clot in a vein, usually the leg and can be dangerous if not treated.

Rachel Bell, Circulation Foundation Chair, talks with Stephen Black, consultant vascular surgeon, about key symptoms, treatments and the importance of seeking medical advice. 

To watch the interview click HERE

Many of us are nervous about seeking medical help due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The overriding advice is if you feel you have DVT symptoms, DO NOT delay seeking medical help.

Ask for an urgent GP appointment or call 111 if:

  • You think you have DVT.
  • Symptoms of DVT in the leg are:
  • Throbbing or cramping pain in 1 leg (rarely both legs), usually in the calf or thigh
  • Swelling in 1 leg (rarely both legs)
  • Warm skin around the painful area
  • Red or darkened skin around the painful area
  • Swollen veins that are hard or sore when you touch them
  • These symptoms also happen in your arm or tummy if that's where the blood clot is.
  • Call 999 or go to A&E if:
  • You have symptoms of DVT, such as pain and swelling and:
  • Breathlessness
  • Chest pain

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