If you require emergency medical attention, please call 911 to access your local emergency services. 

Women and Deep Vein Thrombosis

Women and Deep Vein Thrombosis

Women can experience a vascular problem called deep vein thrombosis (DVT), also known as a blood clot. DVT most commonly occurs in the deep veins of the legs, where it can partially or completely block blood flow in the vein. DVT can permanently damage the veins resulting in long-term leg pain, swelling, skin changes and possibly leg sores. This condition is known as the post-thrombotic syndrome.

DVT can also break off and travel to the lungs, resulting in a pulmonary embolus (PE), which can be fatal.

Certain women are at greater risk for developing DVT, but it can occur in anyone. Risk factors of DVT include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Recent childbirth (six to eight weeks postpartum)
  • Use of birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy
  • Cancer
  • Family history of clotting disorders
  • Extended bed rest
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Long haul travel (long airplane flights)
  • Major surgery

Symptoms

Symptoms of DVT include recent swelling of one leg and/or unexplained pain or tenderness of one leg. Approximately half of people with DVT do not have a recognized symptom.

Symptoms of PE include sudden shortness of breath, sharp chest pain and/or coughing up blood. If you are experiencing the symptoms of a pulmonary embolism, seek medical attention immediately.

Learn more about DVT and vascular disease services at the Northwestern Medicine Center for Vascular Disease.

Six niche centers within Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute a leading destination for both initial diagnoses and second opinions. These niche programs include physicians, nurses and a range of multidisciplinary specialists working with patients to navigate the complex health care system, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless shift from inpatient to outpatient services and ultimately home.

Contact Us
To schedule an appointment or inquire about services at Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, please call 312.NM.HEART (664.3278).

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Referring Physicians
Open communication and cooperation with referring physicians is a critical component of achieving high-quality care and minimizing the challenges that come with treating cardiovascular conditions. For physician-to-physician consultation regarding the best patient care, please contact Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at 312.NM.HEART (664.3278).


Six niche centers within Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute a leading destination for both initial diagnoses and second opinions. These niche programs include physicians, nurses and a range of multidisciplinary specialists working with patients to navigate the complex health care system, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless shift from inpatient to outpatient services and ultimately home.

Contact Us
To schedule an appointment or inquire about services at Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, please call 847.53.HEART (534.3278).

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Six niche centers within Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute offer patient focused, specialized care, making Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute a leading destination for both initial diagnoses and second opinions. These niche programs include physicians, nurses and a range of multidisciplinary specialists working with patients to navigate the complex health care system, ensuring continuity of care and a seamless shift from inpatient to outpatient services and ultimately home.

Contact Us
To schedule an appointment or inquire about services at Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital or Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital, please call 630.232.0280

Cardiovascular Clinical Trials
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