What is Deep Vein Thrombosis? Warning Signs & Treatment Tips
March 26, 2018
DVT Complications Can Have Deadly Consequences
Did you know that blood clots are the leading cause of preventable hospital patient deaths? Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, which occurs in a large vein, often in the legs, is the most common form of blood clot.
Left untreated, DVT can lead to pulmonary embolism, a potentially life-threatening condition. The groups at highest risk of DVT include those over the age of 50, especially women, frequent travelers, and pregnant women are the highest risk groups for developing deep vein thrombosis. Dr. Chris Pittman of the American College of Phlebology and his patient John Williams join The Balancing Act to share their knowledge of and personal experiences with DVT.
Warning signs of DVT include leg pain and numbness, redness, itching, and shortness of breath. Prevention methods include walking around regularly, avoiding standing for long periods, and staying hydrated.
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