Deep Vein Thrombosis, also known as DVT, is a blood clot that will happen in the deep vein.  Most DVT’s will occur in the leg, however sometimes they can form in the arm as well. A DVT can put your life at risk.  You may or may not experience symptoms with a DVT.
An alarming 900,000 Americans this year alone will experience a  DVT, according to statistics. Out of those 900,000 Americans, up to 100,000 will die, in relation. When death occurs it is typically because a part of the blood clot has broken and traveled into the person’s lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism. Twenty-five percent of people will die suddenly from a PE.  Also, one half of those who have suffered a pulmonary embolism experienced no symptoms or warning at all.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms seek your doctor’s professional opinion, call 911, or get yourself to the local emergency hospital.
SYMPTOMS MAY INCLUDE:
  • An unusual bruise that seems to appear out of no where
  • Swelling in one or both of your legs, or even arm
  • Warm skin or red discolored skin
  • Pain in one or both of your legs
  • Veins that appear swollen, discolored, or are tender to the touch
  • Coughing suddenly or cough that produces blood
  • Sharp chest pain or tightness
  • Pain in shoulder, arm, back, or jaw
  • Rapid breathing or shortness of breath
  • Lightheaded or Weak
  • A fast heartbeat, anxiousness, or feeling something is not right

 

 

Time is not on your side when it comes to a DVT or PE, you must act quickly.  It is possible that you may experience just one of the above symptoms, more then one symptom, or none of the above symptoms. Everyone’s body experiences things differently, however you know your body better then anyone else, so if you do not feel right, please seek medical attention.  Once again if a blood clot breaks free, it could travel to your lungs.  When a blood clot travels to your lungs, it is called a pulmonary embolism. A PE can be life-threatening.
WHAT ARE POSSIBLE CAUSES OF A DVT:
  • Surgeries
  • Injury
  • Immune System
  • Slow Blood Flow
  • Thick Blood Flow
  • Damaged Veins
  • Certain Genetic Disorders
  • To much Estrogen in the Body
  • Extended Bed Rest
  • Smoking
  • Overweight or Obesity
  • Cancer
  • Sitting for long periods of time
  • Hormone Therapy
  • Pregnancy

 

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Above are possible causes to having a DVT. We are not limited to the above causes, you may have experienced a DVT due to a cause that is not listed above. Whatever your story is know that you are not alone, many have suffered a DVT or PE. Together we can raise awareness, and together we can grow a network of support, a DVT family!

Thank you for taking this journey with me!
Enjoy today, I wish you well! 💚