World Thrombosis Day is about bringing awareness to a condition that effects 1 in 4 people across the globe. Reduce the risk by knowing the facts. Please share this with your family and friends.
What is Thrombosis?
Thrombosis refers to a blood clot that forms in your artery or vein. Blood clots are the cause of the top three cardiovascular killers: heart attack, stroke and venous thromboembolism (VTE)-a blood clot mostly in the leg or lungs.
While most people are familiar with the risk of heart attack and stroke, fewer people know about VTE.
When a blood clot forms in a deep vein (mostly in the leg), this is called a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). DVT is the most common type of thrombus. These are blood clots that form, most commonly, in the deep veins of the legs, pelvis and arms that can potentially travel to the lungs.
When the clot breaks off and travels from the leg up to the lungs, it is called a pulmonary embolism or PE. This is a potentially life-threatening emergency.
There are three main triggers of Thrombosis:
- Being in the hospital for extended time. This is the leading cause of preventable hospital deaths.
- Surgery, especially hip and knee surgery, and cancer surgery.
- Not moving for long periods of time, including bed rest & travel.
What are the Signs & Symptoms of Thrombosis?
|DVT-Deep Vein Thrombosis||PE-Pulmonary Embolism|
|Pain or tenderness, often starting in the calf.||Unexplained shortness of breath|
|Swelling, including the ankle and foot||Rapid heart rate and rapid breathing|
|Redness or noticeable discoloration||Light headedness or passing out|
Take Action for World Thrombosis Day
If you are concerned that you or someone you know has a DVT, seek emergency medical attention at an emergency room or by calling 911.
At Inovia, we specialize in treating venous conditions of the legs. If we can assist in the evaluation and provide consultation about venous-related thrombosis in the legs, let us know.
Together, we can make a difference in the diagnosis and treatment of DVT and VTE in Oregon. Join Inovia Vein in our mission to spread Thrombosis awareness!
Learn more about World Thrombosis Day at www.worldthrombosisday.org.