Every 7 Minutes, Someone Suffers a DVT
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) doesn't get a whole lot of attention; but it's actually a fairly common condition... It occurs in one or two per 1,000 each year, roughly the same rate as heart attack and stroke
It's always a shock when it occurs to a young healthy individual," Dr. Alan Bell, of the Thrombosis Interest Group of Canada tells Canada AM.
This DVT got a whole lot of attention because the patient was so young and he was a healthy. An all night video game session turned deadly, for the 20-year-old Christopher Staniforth, from the United Kingdom in 2011. Chris simply woke up, collapsed and died.
His autopsy found that a blood clot had travelled to his lungs after forming in the veins of his leg (DVT).
In his interview with Canada AM, David Staniforth, Chris's father explained that he was shocked because his son was otherwise healthy. He furthermore had no idea that sitting in one spot for a long period of time puts one at risk of DVT.
Dr. Alan Bell with the Thrombosis Interest Group of Canada told Canada AM; 'While deep vein thrombosis doesn't get a whole lot of attention; it's actually a fairly common condition.'
DVT occurs in one or two per 1,000 per year, roughly the same rate as heart attack and stroke. However, it's always a shock when it occurs to a young healthy individual".
Clots can strike anyone of any age.
Bell further reports: "There are three things that put one at risk of deep vein thrombosis: Immobilization or stasis of the blood caused by sitting, trauma to blood vessels, such as during a break to the leg, and conditions, such as inherited blood conditions, pregnancy or cancer."
Wearing Gradient Compression Socks is a well known and non invasive prevention method to use when sitting at your computer or gaming system.
Dr. Alan Bell; Thrombosis Interest Group of Canada
DVT at age 38
Pulmonary Embolism and DVT at age 38
Stacy now Wears Gradient Compression Stockings during long periods of sitting or standing
Stacy, 38 years old and mom to a young girl, was recently diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism and a DVT.
A week before her diagnosis, she flew from Toronto to Mexico.
Speaking about her ordeal, she states; "I am happy to be alive and take flying very seriously now. I still fly but I listen to prudent advice and take precautions."
She continues: "I now do leg exercises during my flight, I always wear gradient compression socks, each time I board an airplane and I abstain from alcohol."
"I thought that DVT's happened to old people.
When I was pregnant with Valerie, I attended a Mother To Be & Natural Baby Expo in Woodbridge, Ontario where I was approached by a fitter to try wearing medical stockings."
"At the time, I told her that I was fine and didn't need compression stockings. If only I knew the importance of wearing them. I even had medical insurance coverage for them, at the time."
I really want everyone to know about the importance of wearing gradient compression socks when flying but also when sitting or standing in the same spot for a long time. If it can help minimize the risks of getting a DVT, why not do it?
On March 4, 2011, TheStar.com reported that "Every Five Minutes Someone Dies From A Blood Clot Or Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)"
Full Article at Medical News Today
"Each year between 100,000-180,000 Americans die as the result of pulmonary embolism, a complication from blood clots in the lungs."
The Vascular Disease Foundation urges Americans, especially women, to learn about the risks of venous blood clots to help prevent these deaths. While men and women are at equal risk, the risk for deep vein thrombosis, or blood clots, varies depending on where a woman is in her lifecycle, her hormone levels, and if she has a family history of clotting disorders
DVT occurs when a blood clot forms in the deep veins, usually of the pelvis or leg. DVT can be dangerous in two ways. First, DVT can be fatal if a blood clot breaks free from the leg veins and travels through the heart and lodges in the lung arteries. This complication, called pulmonary embolism (PE), causes between 100,000 and 180,000 deaths per year in the United States. Second, because blood clots can permanently damage the veins, as many as half of DVT survivors can experience long-term leg pain, heaviness and swelling that can progress to difficulty in walking, changes in skin color and open leg sores, known as ulcers. This condition, called post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS) or 'chronic venous insufficiency,' can significantly impair quality of life.
Certain individuals may be at greater risk for developing DVT, but it can occur in almost anyone. Risk factors or triggering events that are more likely to affect women include pregnancy and the six to eight weeks after giving birth, the use of birth control pills or postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy, cancer and its treatment, and major surgery.
Anyone may be at risk for DVT but the more risk factors you have, the greater your chances are of developing it. Knowing your risk factors gives you the chance to wear gradient compression stockings to help minimize your risk:
Hospitalization for a medical illness or any illness
Recent major surgery, especially orthopedic surgery or injury or trauma
Personal history of a clotting disorder or previous DVT
Cancer and their treatments
Family history of DVT
Extended bed rest
Prolonged sitting when traveling, longer than 6 to 8 hours
DVT and PE should be considered emergencies that require immediate care if any of the following symptoms are present:
Symptoms of Possible DVT:
Recent swelling of one leg
Unexplained pain or tenderness of one leg
Change in skin color or skin is hot to the touch
Symptoms of Possible PE:
Recent or sudden shortness of breath
Sharp chest pain, especially when breathing in
Coughing up blood or sudden collapse
"Every year, more people die from preventable blood clots than from breast cancer, AIDS and traffic accidents combined," said Dr. Samuel Goldhaber, Chairman of the Venous Disease Coalition. "It is so important to raise awareness about DVT and PE because although blood clots are common, few (people) have sufficient knowledge about blood clots and how to prevent them."
Vascular Disease Foundation
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