March Is Deep-Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month
- Posted on: Mar 4 2013
Deep-Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and its complications may lead to as many as 200,000 U.S. deaths each year. Because DVT is preventable, these deaths don’t need to occur.
In fact, more Americans die of Deep-Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE) each year than die from breast cancer, AIDS and automobile accidents combined.*
That’s why this March, more than 25 organizations are participating in Deep-Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month, a national effort to raise awareness among health professionals and consumers about this potentially fatal medical condition.
If you’re at risk for DVT – you’re a smoker, you’re over 60, you’re overweight and/or you sit for long periods of time – stay alert to DVT symptoms. If you do have any of these symptoms, learn what you can to confirm a diagnosis.
DVT occurs when a blood clot forms in one of the large veins, usually in the lower limbs, partially or completely blocking circulation. Pulmonary embolism (PE), a serious complication from DVT, can occur when a fragment of a blood clot migrates to the lungs, where it blocks a pulmonary artery. PE may be responsible for as many as 200,000 deaths annually in the United States. Read more.
The Vein Clinic is fully aware that March is DVT Month. After all, Dr. Neal Reynolds is a general and vascular surgeon with more than 25 years of experience. In fact, he’s treated thousands of patients with all types of vein disease issues.
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*Fitzmaurice DA, Murray E. Thromboprophylaxis for adults in hospital. BMJ. 2007;334(7602):1017-1018.
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