Are you over 60 years old? Are you pregnant or had a baby in the last six weeks? A smoker or overweight? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are at risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis! The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has a list of risk factors for Deep Vein Thrombosis.
A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that each year in the United States, an estimated 350,000–900,000 persons develop incident VTE, of whom approximately 100,000 die. Mostly as sudden deaths, the cause of which often goes unrecognized. In addition, 30%–50% of persons with lower-extremity DVT develop post-thrombotic syndrome (a long-term complication that causes swelling, pain, discoloration, and, in severe cases, ulcers in the affected limb). Finally, 10%–30% of persons who survive the first occurrence of VTE develop another VTE within five years. Learn more by reading the post “Deep Vein Thrombosis: 4 Ways to Protect Yourself.