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Understanding DVT: An Infographic

March is DVT awareness month, and that means learning everything you can about Deep Vein Thrombosis! Read below to learn more about this widespread disease, and to see what you can do to avoid it!

Understanding DVT infographic

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March is Deep Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month

What is Happening?

The most common cause of DVT is poor blood flow. This allows the blood cells a chance to stick together, forming clots. Usually occuring in the legs, but can also happen in the arms or chest.

Are you At Risk?

Many factors can increase your risk of DVT, the more factors you have, the higher your risk of developing Deep Vein Thrombosis.

Inheriting the Disorder

If your family has a history of blood-clotting disorders, DVT, or Pulmonary Embolisms (PE) you can be at risk; but, typically, this must be combined with another factor.

Old Age

Being over the age of 60, although it can occur at any age

Weight

Being overweight or obese can increase blood pressure as well as cause several other health issues

Smoking

Cigarrette smoking can affect blood clotting and circulation, increasing risk

Extended Bed Rest

If your legs have no movement for a long period of time, then the calf muscles don’t contract which helps blood circulate.

Cancer

Some forms of cancer and cancer treatments can increase risk, please consult with your doctors in this scenario

Sitting for Long Periods of Time

Commonly occurs from extended driving or flying, since your calf muscles don’t contract

Pregnancy

Your veins can experience extra pressure in your pelvis and legs during pregnancy and for up to 6 weeks after birth. Women with a family history of clotting problems may be at extra risk

Birth Control

Taking these pills can increase your blood’s ability to clot

What are the signs and symptoms

  1. Limb Swelling, most often the legs
  2. Pain and/or tenderness in the leg and groin area
  3. Skin Feels warm

What are some DVT preventative measures you can take?

Avoid Sitting Still

Try to avoid long periods of time where your legs do not move. If you are traveling, avoid crossing legs. Try to stand and walk occasionally when possible

Take all Medication as Directed

If you have been prescribed any medication or blood thinners, please take as directed and finish the full cycle

Exercise Regularly

This will lower your risk of blood clots as well as improve health in numerous other ways

Make Life Changes

This can be as simple as exercising more, or quitting smoking

 

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