March is DVT Awareness Month

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Dr. James St George, founder of St Johns Vein Center, would like to remind you that March is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Month. Surprisingly, as many as two million Americans are affected by DVT and of these, possibly 300,000 will die. Even more surprising is that most of us have never heard of deep vein thrombosis.

DVT Awareness Month

What is DVT?

Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body, most often in the legs. If gone untreated, DVT can lead to pulmonary embolism, a potentially fatal condition in which a blood clot travels to the lung. The good news is that DVT is preventable and treatable if discovered early.

Symptoms of DVT

DVT can cause significant discomfort including:

  • pain
  • swelling
  • tenderness
  • discoloration

Common Risk Factors of DVT

  • A history of varicose veins
  • Pregnancy and the first six weeks after giving birth
  • Being over 60 years of age
  • Being significantly overweight
  • Recent major surgery or injury
  • Family history of a clotting disorder
  • Cancer and cancer treatments
  • Pregnancy and the first 6 weeks after delivery
  • Hormone replacement therapy or birth control pills
  • Extended bed rest
  • Smoking
  • Prolonged sitting when traveling (longer than 6-8 hours)

Get Screened for DVT

A simple venous screening detects both venous insufficiency and DVTs. Venous insufficiency symptoms include bulging, unsightly varicose veins, leg pain, heaviness or fatigue that worsens throughout the day. Some experience restless, itchy or swollen legs. In advanced stages it can cause ulcers in the lower leg. If you suffer from any of these symptoms you should book a venous screening today. Take a moment to contact the St. Johns Vein Center online or call us at 877-640-VEIN (8346) and schedule a complimentary vein screening.

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