Varicose veins can predispose to the formation of both superficial and deep venous clots or thrombosis . Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) mainly forms in the large veins in the legs. The clot can block blood flow and cause swelling and pain. A blood clot can also break free in the legs and travel to the lungs (pulmonary embolus), and can be life-threatening. Rapid treatment of DVT helps prevent this problem.

Symptoms of blood clots can include; increased warmth, pain or tenderness in one leg, skin that feels warm or tender to the touch or just swelling. Rapid evaluation by a health care provider is imperative if you have symptoms of a DVT.

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