DVT Awareness Continues

Nearly 10 years ago as a way of finding meaning to the death of her husband, David Bloom, Melanie set out to raise the public’s awareness about DVT. In 2003 David (age 39) was a NBC news anchor covering the war in Iraq and unknowingly developed a DVT which broke loose and became a Pulmonary Embolism that took his life. At the time he died only 26% of the population of the United States had even heard of a Pulmonary Embolism. Melanie, sponsored by Sanofi-Aventis (a drug company which makes a DVT Therapy), established March as National DVT Awareness Month and raised the awareness of DVT by 20% in 10 years. Wednesday morning Melanie and Dr.Geno Merli, a clinical professor at Jefferson University and co-director of the Jefferson Vascular Center, were on The Today Show to emphasize the personal risk factors and symptoms of DVT. Some of these risk factors include obesity, age, cancer, medications, injury, surgery, illness, pregnancy, smoking, heredity, and prolonged immobility. Warning signs of DVT include pain, swelling, tenderness, discoloration or redness in the affected area, and skin warm to touch. Symptoms of pulmonary embolisms include shortness of breath, an apprehensive feeling, chest pain, rapid pulse, sweating, or a bloody cough. It is important to know if you have personal risk factors of DVT because 50% of the time there are no symptoms. In the United States, DVT or pulmonary embolism affects 300,000 to 600,000 people a year and 60,000 to 100,000 die each year. Not all of the personal risk factors can be changed, but change the ones you can such as loose weight, quit smoking, become more physically active, and be aware that you are at risk of DVT and Pulmonary Embolism. Above all wear your compression stockings, or socks especially when you travel, have surgery, or become pregnant.


March is DVT Awareness Month 2013 – What You Can Do To Prevent DVT

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) is in the 3rd year of a program designed to raise awareness of DVT to women and their families. This year the CDC is focusing on the danger of DVT around trauma and surgery. The program targets women because they are at high risk and because they are very involved in decisions for the entire family. The program makes it clear that Deep Vein Thrombosis can be fatal and urges people who develop symptoms to seek help immediately.

If you anticipate a surgical procedure, you may want to ask if the hospital or physician offers preventive measures such as support stockings and anticoagulant therapy. Do they teach exercises or activities to reduce the risk of DVT? After surgery, as soon as your physician recommends increasing your mobility, do so to help prevent DVT.

According to a study from Oxford University patients recovering from surgery are at a high risk of DVT for much longer than previously thought. In this study it was found the likelihood of a patient to need hospital treatment for a DVT was 70 time higher than the norm. For those who had day surgery, the risk was 10 times higher than the norm. The danger was highest in the third week post-op, but continued for around 12 weeks.

DVT is not limited to women or men nor is age a limiting factor. A DVT can strike people from all walks of life with little warning. So keep your friends or loved ones health – tell them about DVT and how to prevent it by wearing compression hose and following a few tips…

  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • If you smoke, quit.
  • Exercise your legs regularly when sitting or laying for long periods of time… This can be as simple as making figure 8’s with your feet or just walking for a few minutes
  • When sitting, stretch your legs and change position frequently.
  • Take a deep breath frequently.
  • Elevate your legs whenever possible.
  • Be careful about chairs and leg rests that compress the calf or behind the knee.
  • Avoid excessive alcohol intake (it dehydrates the body).
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Wear loose, non-binding clothes when traveling.
  • If you have family members with multiple DVT’s and they have been diagnosed as having a clotting disorder, consider being tested yourself.
  • If you are having surgery, discuss the possibility of DVT with you physician. Many physicians are happy that you are proactive.
  • If you are pregnant, wear compression stockings during your pregnancy and for 6 weeks postpartum.
  • Above all…wear compression stocking or support socks to increase your circulation.

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Spread the word…Most DVT’s are preventable,


DVT and Pregnancy

March is DVT awareness month and while we have written many posts on DVT awareness, this year we would like to take a different approach. Many of our customers and blog readers are not of child bearing age, but you do have children and even grandchildren that are and their welfare is very important to all of us.
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Pulmonary Embolism (PE) is the leading cause of maternal mortality (death during or shortly after pregnancy) in the United States. A Pulmonary embolism is a blockage of the main artery of the lung or one of its branches by a substance that has traveled from else were in the body through the circulatory system. Usually this is due to blood clot from the deep veins in the legs, a process termed venous thromboembolism.

During pregnancy and up to six weeks after birth, the mother is at risk of venous thrombosis (blood clot). A Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that usually occurs in a deep vein and found most often in leg or pelvis. On the average, one to two women in every 1000 pregnancies will experience a blood clot.

For young pregnant women who develop a DVT, this may be the first sign of thrombophilia. Thrombophilia is a natural tendency to develop blood clots especially when other risk factors are involved. Many times there is a family history of blood clots and can be passed down through generations.

    • Signs of blood clot:
  • Pain in the leg or pelvis region
  • Tenderness and swelling of the leg
  • Discoloration of the leg (pale blue or reddish)
  • Areas of the leg or pelvis region that feel warm to the touch
  • Whole leg may swell

It is of utmost importance that any person who show the listed signs above seek immediate medical attention.

Although only a few women are affected by blood clots during pregnancy the problems that are created can last throughout their lives. Varicose veins are more common after a DVT. Most blood clots can be prevented by wearing compression stockings (support hose). These support hose help improve the blood flow, keep the swelling down and prevent the risk of problems in the future. Once an individual has experienced a blood clot, the likelihood of additional blood clots occurring is significantly increased. Support stockings should be worn to help prevent the occurrence and recurrence of blood clots.

We encourage you to see your physician regularly and wear your compression stockings daily for overall circulatory health.


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