On behalf of the VTE Impact Assessment Group, established investigators reported that nearly 1 million cases of venous thromboembolism (VTE) occur each year in the United States.
VTE includes a deep blood clot in a vein, usually in the leg, known as deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, and a blood clot in the lung called pulmonary embolism, or PE. It is estimated that these cases of VTE result in almost 300,000 deaths every year. VTE diagnosis and treatment costs $15.5 billion annually in the US.
Commonly Asked Questions about DVT
People ask in New York ask many questions about deep vein thrombosis, some of the most common ones include:
Q: What are the symptoms of DVT?
A: Common symptoms of DVT include:
- Pain accompanied with tenderness in the leg
- Swelling of the leg
- Increased sense of warmth in the swollen or painful area of the leg
- Discolored or red skin on the affected leg
Q: Many people say that since they have not heard of DVT, it is probably not that serious. Is this true?
A: No. The fact is that deep vein thrombosis is a serious and under-diagnosed condition. Complications from this condition kill more people than car accidents, breast cancer and HIV combined. As you can see, DVT is a serious condition that requires proper treatment as soon as it is diagnosed.
Q: Is true that birth control medications can cause DVT?
A: Although studies have shown that there is an elevated risk of blood clots when women are on oral contraceptives due to the increase in estrogen, the majority of women on birth control medication will not have any complications. You should keep in mind that women who are over the age of 40, obese or smoke when using oral contraceptives are more likely to develop clots. A healthy weight, balanced diet and talking to your doctor about the benefits and risks of birth control pills can help.
Q: Is it true that women are at greater risk for DVT?
A: No. A fact you should know is that although the risk of blood clots increases in women while they are on oral contraceptives or pregnant, men, overall, have a higher incidence of DVT and pulmonary embolism (PE).
Q: I am active and in good shape. Do I need to worry about getting DVT?
A: The truth is, almost anyone can develop DVT – athletes or couch potatoes, young or old. Athletes have a higher risk of developing DVT if they have experienced physical injury recently, partake in long-distance travels for sports and other events and/or are dehydrated.
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