Deep Vein Thrombosis is a condition resulting from the formation of a blood clot thrombus inside a deep vein, commonly located in the calf or thigh. DVT occurs when the blood clot either partially or completely blocks the flow of blood in the vein.
Deep veins are surrounded by powerful muscles that contract to help bring blood back to the heart. The quick and efficient return of blood to the heart using these muscles is an essential part of the circulatory process.
When the rhythm of circulation of the blood slows down due to illness, injury, or immobility, there is a tendency for blood to accumulate or “pool.” A static pool of blood offers an ideal environment for clot formation and poses a potential risk for DVT.