Talk show host Regis Philbin announced on his show “Live! with Regis and Kelly” that he will undergo surgery on Tuesday to remove a blood clot in calf. Philbin, 78, reported that he was having pain in that leg with walking. Philbin had his hip replaced in December 2009, and complained that leg pain in the other leg was interfering with walking : “One of the things you’ve got to do when you get a new hip is continue to walk… If I walk more than three blocks, all of a sudden I feel that pain.” The procedure is described as “no big deal” and the host expects to return the next day. If I walk more than three blocks, all of a sudden I feel that pain.”
Blood clots in the legs, known as deep vein thromboses (DVT) are blood clots that forms in a vein deep in the body. Blood clots occur when blood thickens and clumps together. Although DVTs can occur anywhere in the body, most deep vein blood clots occur in the lower leg or thigh.
Blood clots can form in the body’s deep veins when:
The signs and symptoms of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) may be related to DVT itself or to pulmonary embolism (PE). Both DVT and PE can cause serious, possibly life-threatening complications if not treated, and a physician should be consulted immediately.
Only about half of the people with DVT have symptoms. These symptoms occur in the leg affected by the deep vein clot. They include:
Some people don’t know they have DVT until they have signs or symptoms of PE. Symptoms of PE include:
Rapid breathing and a fast heart rate also may be signs of PE.
For more information:
Deep Vein Thrombosis