General Information - Blood Clots - Leaflet

This leaflet is about the care and treatment of people who are at risk of developing Venous Thromboembolism while in hospital.

What is Venous Thromboembolism?

Sometimes a blood clot called a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can develop in the legs or pelvic veins. If the blood clot comes loose it can travel through your bloodstream to your lungs. This is called pulmonary embolism (PE) and it can cause chest symptoms such as chest pain and shortness of breath. DVT and pulmonary embolism together are known as venous thromboembolism (VTE).

Release Date: 24 Jan 2015