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Thursday, March 13, 2014

March is National Deep Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month: What You Need To Know

What is Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT?  
DVT occurs when a blood clot forms within one of the large veins, usually in the lower leg or thigh.  The clot can then break off and travel through the bloodstream to the lungs and block blood flow.  This is called a pulmonary embolism.  DVT and pulmonary embolism can seriously damage the lungs and other organs and be life threatening, if not treated.
How many people are affected?
According to the American Heart Association, DVT occurs in about 2 million Americans every year.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of DVT include
  • Leg swelling
  • Leg pain
  • Tenderness and leg warmth and redness
Are there any risk factors?
Risk factors of deep vein thrombosis may include 
  • Recent surgery, especially of the leg joint or hip
  • Hospitalization; trauma
  • Traveling for a long distance such as a long car or airplane ride
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, contact South Florida Vascular Associates at 954-725-4141 and one of our board certified interventional radiologists will evaluate you and advise the best treatment plan for you.

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