Venous thromboembolism : know the risks, signs & symptoms of blood clots
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Venous thromboembolism : know the risks, signs & symptoms of blood clots

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      VTE : know the risks, signs & symptoms of blood clots
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      Know the Lingo About Blood Clots

      • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT): Blood clot located in a deep vein, usually in a leg or arm.

      • Pulmonary embolism (PE): Blood clot that has traveled from a deep vein to a lung.

      DVT and PE are also known as VTE (venous thromboembolism).

      Blood Clots Affect Many People

      • VTE affects as many as 900,000 Americans each year.

      • As many as 100,000 people die of blood clots each year.

      Everyone Is at Risk. Some Factors Can Increase This Risk.

      • Hospitalization and Surgery - One-half of blood clots occur during or soon after a hospital stay or surgery.

      • Being Immobile - Not moving for long periods of time (for example, extended bed rest or extended travel).

      Other Risk Factors

      • Older age

      • Overweight or obese

      • Family history of VTE

      • Recent or recurrent cancer

      • During and just after pregnancy

      • Estrogen-based medicine such as hormonal birth control or hormone replacement therapy

      • Injury and trauma

      Know the Signs, Symptoms and Risk Factors

      DVT Symptoms

      • Swelling

      • Pain

      • Tenderness

      • Redness of the skin

      PE Symptoms

      • Difficulty breathing

      • Faster than normal or irregular heartbeat

      • Chest pain or discomfort, which usually worsens with a deep breath or coughing

      • Coughing up blood

      • Very low blood pressure, lightheadedness, or fainting

      What You Can Do to Prevent Death or Complications of a Blood Clot

      • Know your risksand recognize symptoms.

      • If you have any symptoms, see your doctor as soon as possible. Blood clots can be safely treated by your doctor.

      • Before any surgery, talk with your doctor about blood clots.

      • Tell your doctor if you have risk factors for blood clots.

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