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March is DVT Awareness Month – Are You at Risk?

Posted Mar 30 2010 2:21pm

 

Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) is a relatively common and serious medical condition that occurs in approximately 2 million Americans each year. DVT occurs when a blood clot (which is also called a thrombus) develops in one of the large veins, usually in the legs, leading to either partially or completely blocked circulation. This may lead to complications, such as a pulmonary embolism and even death if not diagnosed and treated effectively.

Only about 50% of people experience symptoms when they have DVT.  Symptoms of DVT may include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Discoloration or redness of the affected area
  • Skin that is warm to the touch

Who is at risk?

DVT can occur in almost anyone. Certain individuals may be at increased risk for developing a DVT. Some of the risk factors for DVT include:

  • Surgery
  • Restricted Mobility (like when on a long plane flight)
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Cancer
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Age > 40
  • Overweight/Obesity
  • Smoking (especially in women taking oral contraceptives)
  • Prior or family history of DVT

Assess your risk for DVT today by visiting http://www.preventdvt.org/assessment/dvt-risk-assessment.aspx


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