DVT Awareness Month
March is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Month.
According to the American Heart Association, nearly 2 million Americans are affected annually by deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Yet, 74% of Americans have little or no awareness of DVT, according to a national survey by the American Public Health Association.
Help us spread the word on this serious health condition! Download our Deep Vein Thrombosis DVT Infographic (shown below), print it off, and share it with your loved ones.
What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
When a clot forms in the deep vein system it is called a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVTs usually occur in the lower extremities, but they can appear in other parts of the body.
It can lead to partial or complete blockage of circulation which can cause serious medical problems.
Symptoms of DVT
As much as 50% of patients with a DVT show no symptoms at all. These silent DVTs can resolve without treatment or may lead to complications such as a Pulmonary Embolism (PE). A PE is a dangerous condition because it can damage the lungs and other organs and is life-threatening.
Warning Signs of DVT
Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following:
- Pain or tenderness