Tuesday, March 19, 2013

DVT Dangers: Are You At Risk of a Blood Clot?

March is DVT Awareness Month, A Time to Learn About Your Risk

Two million Americans suffer from blood clots every year. In fact, more Americans die of DVT and PE each year than die from breast cancer, AIDS and automobile accidents combined. But what is it and why is it so dangerous?

What is DVT? 

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), is a blood clot in the deep vein system. The danger of DVT is that the clot could break free from the vein wall and enter into the blood stream. The clot could then travel to the lungs and become a PE (pulmonary embolism), or to the brain and result in a stroke. DVT-related PE is the leading cause of preventable death in U.S. hospitals. Learn more about how DVT and PE put your health at risk.

Who’s at Risk? 

Many factors contribute to DVT risk, including age, inherited blood clotting disorders, certain medications, or vein injuries. Sitting in a confined space or traveling for long periods can also increase the risk of DVT. There are a number of risk assessment quizzes available online at sites such as StoptheClot.org and PreventDVT.org.

What are the Symptoms?

In most cases, the affected area— usually in the leg— will be painful, swollen or tender, with a redness or discoloration of the skin. Even a muscle cramp that feels especially sharp and painful can be an indication of DVT. DVT is a medical emergency, so any symptoms should be regarded as a DVT until proven otherwise, especially if someone is in a risk category. About half of the time, DVT has no symptoms at all.

DVT Awareness Month: Learn About Your Risk In March

March is DVT Awareness Month, The perfect time for everyone to find out their level of risk, and talk to someone on their medical team, especially if they’re in a high-risk group.

Find out more about yours DVT Risk Factors, symptoms and ways to prevent DVT at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Do you have questions about DVT, venous disease and its treatment? Find out more by visiting Vein Healthcare Center.

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