What some people don’t know is that March is Deep-vein Thrombosis Awareness Month and by some people, I mean most people. In fact, it has been found that 74% of people don’t even know what Deep-vein Thrombosis is. However, though it’s not well known, it is also not rare.
So, what is Deep-vein Thrombosis (DVT) exactly? DVT is when a blood clot forms in a deep vein usually in a lower limb such as lower leg, thigh or pelvis. This isn’t to say it can’t form other places as well, though.
DVT doesn’t always show symptoms however you may notice leg or arm swelling, pain when you stand or walk, warmth in achy areas, enlarged veins, or skin that appears red or blue.
A complication of DVT could be Pulmonary Embolism which is when a blood clot breaks free and moves only to get stuck in the lungs. You may not know you have DVT until it becomes Pulmonary Embolism. Signs include shortness of breath, chest pain, coughing up blood or increased heart rate.
DVT can be caused by a number of different things including age, sitting for long periods of time, pregnancy, obesity, serious health issues (such as irritable bowel disease, cancer or heart disease), inherited blood disorder, injury to a vein, smoking, and by birth control or hormone replacement.
DVT can be treated by medicine such as blood thinners, an Inferior Vena Cava filter (cone shaped filter in your inferior vena cava to catch a large clot before it can reach the lungs), or compression stockings to prevent blood from pooling.
DVT can be prevented by simply taking care of yourself, getting active and losing weight or quitting smoking if you do. It is also important to get regular check-ups from your doctor.
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