Venous Thromboembolism
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Venous Thromboembolism

Venous Thromboembolism Symptoms

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Call your doctor right away if you think you may have symptoms of VTE. Deep vein thrombosis should be taken seriously, as it may lead to pulmonary embolism.

The symptoms of venous thromboembolism (VTE) are not the same for everyone. Sometimes VTE does not cause symptoms until serious complications occur. In other cases, deep vein thrombosis causes swelling or discomfort near the blood clot. Pulmonary embolism can cause chest pain and difficulty breathing. Pulmonary embolism can be a life-threatening condition.


Deep vein thrombosis may cause the following to occur around the area of a blood clot:

  • Swelling
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Increased warmth, cramps, or aching in the area that is swollen or painful, usually the calf or thigh
  • Red or discolored skin

Pulmonary embolism symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain with deep breathing
  • Rapid breathing
  • Increased heart rate

Less common symptoms of pulmonary embolism may include coughing, with or without blood; feelings of anxiety or dread; light-headedness or fainting; and sweating.

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