What does DVT Awareness have to do with Compression Stockings?
Those of you insiders who are “in the know” are probably thinking “that is kind of a stupid question”.
Nonetheless, it is a well-publicized fact that there are many individuals out there who don’t know anything about the risks and possible implications of deep vein thrombosis (in the USA alone up to 60%) Those who do know often already had a close encounter with DVT of their own or know somebody who did.
DVT awareness month is a very worthy cause that has been put into action by the Coalition to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and it is now in its seventh year. Over the past seven years the Coalition has helped to educate millions of people about this potentially life threatening condition. The Coalition also recently launched a new and improved website Prevent DVT, which has an even greater focus on education and awareness.
What is Deep Vein Thrombosis and How can Compression Stockings Help?
Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms in one of the deeper veins, which frequently manifests itself as swelling, redness and increased temperature of the skin in the affected area (e.g. in the calf area between the knee and the ankle. The blood clot blocks the flow of blood partially or completely, depending on its size. Unfortunately a DVT can also happen without any noticeable symptoms.
In the United States of America each and every year more than 500,000 people need to be hospitalized as a result of DVT. Sadly over 100,000 individuals die from a subsequent pulmonary embolism (PE). In an ongoing effort to prevent such unnecessary loss of life, education is the key. Proper education can help to minimize the dangers of incurring a DVT and provide the knowledge of what steps to take if you experience symptoms of deep vein thrombosis or a pulmonary embolism.
Many of the individuals who survive deep vein thrombosis and/or pulmonary embolism are affected by it for the rest of their live and will at least remain at an increased risk of a recurrence. In fact an average of 30% of those who have suffered from a DVT will have another within a 10 year span.
We try to do our share with our blog posts in educating the public and raising awareness about the potential benefits of compression stockings for preventative purposes and for people who have suffered with deep vein thrombosis.
To satisfy your curiosity …
Here are some Links to get you started on the Topic of Compression Stockings and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT):
According to the Surgeon General – Contact your Doctor at once if you have any of the Following Symptoms:
- Swelling in one leg or along a vein in the leg
- Pain or tenderness in one leg (might be felt only when standing or walking)
- Warmth in one leg in the swollen or painful areas
- Red or discolored skin in one leg
- Unexplained shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Coughing up blood
The following Factors Raise the Risk for DVT and PE
- If you are bed ridden (after major operations)
- If you have experienced a recent trauma
- Travelling for many hours sitting immobile on a plane, bus or in a car
- If you are taking birth control
- Family history of DVT
- Being overweight/obesity
- If you have cancer
- If you have a blood clotting disorder
- Use of hormone therapy
- If you are a smoker
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