Venous thromboembolism covers two conditions, deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. They sound ominous, and they are.
Blood clots will form in the leg's deep veins, in deep venous thrombosis (DVT), causing pain and swelling. If a clot breaks off, and goes into the lungs, this is a pulmonary embolism. And it can be a very dangerous condition indeed.
The patient may experience shortness of breath and chest pain. In the most serious case, blood pressure may be dangerously low and the patient will not survive.
"Dr. Andrew Atiemo is a cardiologist on staff at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Ariz. and a physician with North Phoenix Heart Center, which he joined in 2007. After completing his medical education at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Atiemo trained in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a Harvard teaching hospital. His passion for cardiology lead him to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland where he trained in general cardiology and interventional cardiology."