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DVT AND YOU: ARE YOU AT RISK?
Learn to identify the risks and symptoms of DVT
Did you know that up to 100,000 Americans die each year from vein disease? While 1-2 per 1,000 people are affected by DVT and PE each year in the US, 5-8% of the population has a genetic predisposition (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a clot forms in one of the veins that is deep within the body, usually in the legs. It is caused by advanced vein disease, immobility, certain medications, or an injury that prevents blood from circulating or clotting normally. Symptoms may include significant burning pain when walking or standing, swelling, tightness of the skin, and cramps, rash, warmth or redness at the affected area. In half the cases of DVT, there are no symptoms at all DVT could potentially block blood flow to the leg, threatening its viability, or the blot clot could become a pulmonary embolism.
It’s important to know that approximately 50% of people with DVT experience no symptoms at all. For people who do have DVT symptoms in the affected body part, the most common ones include:
SWELLING, USUALLY IN ONE LEG (OR ARM)
LEG (OR ARM) IS WARM TO THE TOUCH
RAPID PULSE OR A HIGHER THAN NORMAL HEART RATE
LEG PAIN, CRAMP, OR TENDERNESS IN EXTREMITY OR GROIN
SUDDEN SHORTNESS OF BREATH OR DIFFICULTY BREATHING
COUGH, SOMETIMES WITH BLOODY MUCOUS
REDDISH OR BLUISH SKIN DISCOLORATION
SHARP CHEST PAIN WHICH MAY WORSEN WITH DEEP BREATHS
UNEXPLAINED ANXIETY AND/OR SWEATING
If you determine that you are at risk for vein disease, that you have your veins examined regularly. If left untreated, DVT can cause serious complications and even death. If you experience any of these symptoms, please see your doctor as soon as possible.
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