A venous thromboembolism (VTE) occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein. It can lead to serious, even life-threatening problems like deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE).
The experts at the UPMC Division of Vascular Surgery provide the latest treatments for VTE.
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A venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a blood clot in a vein.
Doctors link VTE to two serious, potentially life-threatening conditions:
You can either inherit or acquire a VTE.
A VTE results from slow movement of blood through the veins, which can stop flowing freely and cause a clot to form.
Anyone can have a VTE, but some risk factors include:
VTEs can lead to serious health problems that can be fatal, including PE and stroke.
Treatment and follow-up care are vital to help manage long-term complications, such as:
If you or someone else suspects a blood clot, contact a medical professional right away.
To avoid life-threatening complications, a quick diagnosis of VTE is crucial.
If you're in the hospital, your care team will watch for signs of this condition.
If you've recently left the hospital — especially after childbirth or surgery in the lower part of your body — be mindful of VTE.
To find the blood clot and diagnose VTE, your doctor will order tests such as:
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) require immediate medical attention.
Treatment can include: