admin - March 4, 2011
Every year, more people die from preventable blood clots than from breast cancer, AIDS and traffic accidents combined. The Vascular Disease Foundation (VDF) is taking the month of March to bring attention to these deadly clots, also known as deep vein thrombosis.
DVT Is caused when a blood clot forms in the body’s deep veins, usually within the pelvis or leg. These clots can either break off and get lodged in the lung arteries (an event known as pulmonary embolism) or cause permanent damage to the blood vessels. DVT kills between 100,000 and 180,000 deaths per year and makes life miserable for thousands of others.
People who are at a higher risk DVT include those who:
- Are pregnant or have delivered a baby within the last two months
- Have been hospitalized for an illness
- Have undergone surgery
- Are on extended bed rest
- Sit for longer than six to eight hours at a time
- Have cancer or are undergoing cancer treatments
- Have a family or personal history of DVT
Symptoms of DVT include:
- Unexplained pain in one leg
- Change in skin color or temperature
- Recent swelling in one leg
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