What is deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) refers to a blood clot in one of the deep veins in the body – normally the leg. DVT can cause pain and swelling and, in certain cases, if the clot breaks off into the bloodstream and blocks one of the blood vessels in the lungs, this causes a pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism is a blockage in the pulmonary artery, which carries blood from the heart to the lungs, and it’s potentially life threatening. Signs and symptoms can include:
● experiencing chest pain, which is a sharp, stabbing pain
● shortness of breath, either sudden or gradual
● coughing, normally dry but may include coughing up blood or mucus
● feeling faint, dizzy or passing out
It’s vital that DVT is diagnosed at the earliest possible stage to help prevent serious complications.
Causes of DVT and diagnosis
There is a range of factors which can lead to DVT, but these are in particular:
● inactivity – if you are immobile for an extensive period of time, due to an illness, operation or long journey where your movement is constricted, blood flow can slow down considerably which increases the chances of a blood clot forming
● contraceptive pill and HRT – the combined contraceptive pill and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) both contain oestrogen which causes the blood to clot slightly more easily
● pregnancy – being pregnant makes your blood clot more easily
● obesity, old age and blood vessel damage
The importance of diagnosing and treating DVT early means that many of the compensation claims related to DVT are based on a doctor’s failure to diagnose it correctly at first or delays in getting a diagnosis.
Making a claim for DVT
If you have suffered from DVT which was not diagnosed properly, the medical negligence team at CH Legal can advise you on any potential claim you may have. We have secured compensation for many clients who have suffered from DVT misdiagnosis or delays. To find out more , contact Rukhsana Arif or phone 0845 4786 354.