Have you been diagnosed with a blood clot in your leg in the past and now have leg swelling, aching, pain, heaviness, fatigue, or open sores?
The Post-Thrombotic Syndrome (PTS) is a frequent (40%) long-term complication of deep vein thrombosis (DVT, “blood clot”), and often causes one or more of these leg problems on a daily basis:
- aching or pain
- sensation of heaviness
- changes in skin color
- skin breakdown causing open sores (“ulcers”)
A blood clot or “thrombus” occurs when blood platelets and proteins clumps together. Blood clots often block the flow of blood through the vessel, and trigger the body to respond (this is called “inflammation”).
A Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is the formation of a blood clot within a deep vein of the body, usually a leg vein. Between 350,000 and 600,000 people develop DVT each year in the U.S, and it affects men and women at all ages.