March is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Month

This patient has a DVT in his left leg.

Did you know?

What is DVT?

Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot in the deep veins in the legs.  These clots can break loose and travel to the lungs, causing a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism (PE).  DVT’s can cause permanent damage to the leg veins that result in long-term pain, swelling, change in skin color and skin ulcers.

Some people experience swelling and varying levels of discomfort in the affected area, while others don't feel anything at all.  The symptoms of DVT can also be similar to those of other conditions, like a pulled muscle. Because some people with DVT don't have any symptoms, and because the symptoms can masquerade as a more benign ailment, there's often a delay in diagnosis.  That's when DVT can be fatal.  DVT/PE is the fourth leading cause of death in western society.

What Causes Blood Clots (DVT and PE)?

Blood clots may form when either the flow of blood in a vein slows, damage to a vein occurs, or the blood is more clotable. Many factors can increase a person’s risk for developing a blood clot in a vein.

Common risk factors for developing a blood clot include:


Surgery and Trauma:

Increased estrogens:

Medical conditions:

Other risk factors:

Tips for Preventing Blood Clots (DVT and PE)

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