If you had to boil it down, what is deep vein thrombosis?

Blood clot. Dvt is a serious medical problem that occurs when a blood clot develops in a vein, usually occuring in the lower extremities. The clot can break up sending small clots to the large veins and from there travel through the heart and lodge in the lung. This is called a pulmonay embolism. A pulmonay embolism is a medical emergency. Up to 20% people who suffer a blood clot to the lung can die.
Blood clot in a deep. Vein in your body, usually a leg vein.

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Is deep vein thrombosis deadly?

Not necessarily. Dvt is a dangerous condition and if left untreated, or ignored may lead to other complications like pulmonary embolisms or blood clots in the lung . Fortunately, there are excellent treatments available. If patient takes the prescribed medications and had t labwork as directed , most will bake a full recovery. Read more...
Possibly . Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in one or more of the internal veins. Most often in the legs, less often in the arms. If a blood clot breaks loose and flows through the heart and into the lungs it can be fatal. Dvt is a common complication of many medical illnesses. If you are ill you should ask your doctor about this as there are effective prevention approaches. Read more...
Fortunately uncommon. The major risk of death with DVT is if you develop a pulmonary embolism from the dvt. This is estimated to only happen about 1% of the time and many pulmonary emboli are not fatal. The biggest risk in having a DVT is for developing post thrombotic syndrome (pts) after a dvt. With pts, you get a painful, swollen leg that is prone to ulceration. Wearing compression stockings helps prevents this. Read more...
If embolization YES. Deep venous thrombosis is not deadly if it stays where it forms (such as in the leg or pelvis). But if a large blood clot in the leg or pelvis dislodges & then floats to the heart or lungs, then it can cause a fatal pulmonary embolism (PE) with cardiopulmonary arrest. Since deep venous thrombosis can unpredictably become a PE, it is recommended that DVTs be treated with blood thinners for months. Read more...

How grave is deep vein thrombosis in the elderly?

Warning sign. Deep venous thrombosis in the elderly can result from a hypercoagulable state. Being sedentary or bedridden increases the risk. A malignancy, known or undiscovered, can increase clotting and DVT could be a warning sign. Clots can grow and travel to the lungs (pulmonary embolism) and cause serious illness or death. Read more...
Can be very grave. If, as dr. Hanson said, someone has a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) that is treated properly, the clot can travel to the lungs (pe). If that person already has heart and/or lung problems, a pe could be catastrophic. As dr. Presant said, a DVT in an elderly person could certainly be an indication that they have an underlying unknown malignancy. Read more...

What is deep vein thrombosis? How can a clot kill you?

Blockage in a vein. Clot or "solid blood" occurs when proteins change within the liquid blood. It can occur in the venous and/or the arterial circulation. Arterial clots can cause death by blocking vital arteries in the heart and or brain. Venous clots can cause death when they are large enough and travel to the lungs, as a pulmonary embolus, blocking the blood flow through the lungs. Read more...
A blood clot. There are deep and superficial veins in your legs. If you get a blood clot in one of your deep veins, some of the clot can break off and travel to your heart or lungs. If a blood clot that travels to your lungs is big enough, it can totally shut down blood flow to your lungs which means that your body gets no oxygen and that can kill you. Read more...