Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in the large veins of the leg, arm, or pelvis. There is a lot of misinformation out there surrounding DVTs, but as a commonly underdiagnosed and serious – yet preventable- medical condition, it’s important to know the truth!
Know the DVT Facts Behind the Myths
There are a number of causes and risks of deep vein thrombosis. We’ve listed the myths we most often hear from our patients, along with the facts that may change your perception of DVT:
Myth #1: I have never heard of DVT so they can’t be that serious.
Fact: DVT is serious, and can be fatal. More than 2 million Americans are found to have a DVT every year, and complications kill more people yearly than breast cancer, motor vehicle accidents, and HIV combined.
Myth #2: The chances of me getting a DVT are pretty low.
Fact: There are several factors that can impact your chances of getting a DVT. It can strike anyone! People are at a higher risk after surgery, cancer or lung disease, taking birth control pills, or if they have a family history of DVT or bleeding problems.
Myth #3: I’m in great physical shape, I don’t need to worry about a DVT.
Fact: Almost anyone can be affected by DVT. This includes the young and elderly, couch potatoes and athletes. For this reason, it’s important for everyone to know the DVT signs and symptoms.
Myth #4: Birth control medications will give me a DVT.
Fact: There is an increased risk of blood clot while taking oral contraceptives, but the majority of women taking these pills will have no complications.
Myth #5: Women are at greater risk for DVT.
Fact: Women have increased risk for blood clots while pregnant or on oral contraceptives. However, men have higher incidence rates of DVT overall.
Get Screened for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
If you believe that you or a loved one may have a DVT, there’s no time to wait! Call any of our clinics in Northwest Portland , Tigard, Happy Valley, Hillsboro or Bend, OR, or fill out our Online Appointment Request Form.