DVT AWARENESS can save a life!

 

What Is DVT and Who Does It Affect?

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that occurs in deep veins, particularly in the leg. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 300,000 to 600,000 people are affected by DVT in America every year. Behind every case of DVT is a family that loves and cares for the individual affected deeply. The first step to protecting you and your family is to spread the word about DVT.

 

Why Increase Awareness?

In a study conducted by the CDC, 10 to 30% of diagnosed cases result in fatality within the first month. A factor to this misfortune is addressing the issue too late. That’s why engaging in meaningful conversation about DVT promotes wellness and prevents tragedy.

 

What Are Steps You Can Take To Increase Awareness?

  1. Talk to your doctor to see if you or a loved one are at risk. If so, discuss your treatment options to increase longevity.
  2. Talk to family and friends about assessing the risks in your immediate circle. There’s a possibility that it could because 5% to 8% of Americans have a genetic risk factor that makes DVT a likely problem (Source: CDC). Openly discussing this issue will encourage others in your life to take action that will reduce the risk of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE), Pulmonary Embolism (PE), and post-thrombotic symptoms.
  3. Most importantly, talk about lifestyle changes to encourage healthy blood flow. Half of all DVT diagnosis’ will have long-term post-thrombotic symptoms (Source: CDC). Compression products are proven to increase blood flow in the extremities and one of the best adjustments you can make to promote blood flow.

 

We recommend trying 15-20 mmHg graduated compression products from Ames Walker, one of the industry leaders in health and wellness compression products

 

Again, talk to your doctor and then let us help you find the right graduated compression hosiery to help you live healthy, live happy today!

CDC Source: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/dvt/data.html

This article could save your LIFE!

Everything You Need to Know about DVT

March is all about Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Month. At Ames Walker, we carry a wide variety of graduated compression support hosiery, compression hose, and compression socks and stockings to help alleviate the symptoms of DVT. Continue reading to find out everything you need to know about this condition and how we can help.

What is DVT?

DVT occurs when a blood clot (thrombus) forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body. They can form in both the arms and legs but typically form in the legs. This occurs when veins do not have sufficient muscle lining meaning. In short, there’s nothing to pump blood back to the heart except the movement of large muscles around the veins. When the blood fails to return to the heart and stagnates, DVT is a likely outcome.

What are the effects of DVT?

DVT is a serious condition that can lead to an embolism. This occurs when a blood clot in a deep vein breaks loose. It then travels through your bloodstream to lodge into vital organs in your body, potentially causing damage. This condition is life-threatening when a clot blocks oxygen flow to the lungs, which is known as a pulmonary embolism (PE).

How do you get DVT?

It can develop if you have pre-existing condition that makes you susceptible to blood clotting. It also occurs after long periods of immobility particularly after long flights, surgery, pregnancy, or injury that keeps you bedridden. It may also onset upon damage to tissues surrounding deep veins. Oftentimes, this condition goes unnoticed until a serious injury occurs and proactive measures to combat the danger have passed.

What are the Symptoms?

Deep vein thrombosis can cause pain, swelling, warmth, tenderness, and redness of the leg or arm. However, it may affect you without any evident symptoms which is why it is sometimes referred to as a silent killer.

What is the Prognosis?

Many individuals who experience their first episode of DVT are likely to experience another. Anticoagulation (blood thinners) diminishes the likelihood of DVT significantly. Without them, you’re 50% more likely to suffer from a PE within three months of the first episode. Three months of blood thinners reduce the risk of DVT within the first year to an 8% chance of recurrence. This chance is further reduced by the use of compression stockings. The appropriate lifestyle adjustments will improve your blood flow and keep you healthy, on your feet, and DVT-free.

How can Ames Walker help?

Ames Walker offers a line of compression products to help improve blood flow throughout the body. Reduce the risks of any complications with DVT and act now!

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How do I reduce my risk of DVT?

Did you know that as many as 600,000 people a year develop Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) in the U.S? This condition involves blood clots in leg veins which cause pain, redness, swelling, and even death. Interestingly, more than 1 in 4 adults affected by DVT or pulmonary embolism are under 50 years old. Furthermore, one-third of first time DVT sufferers get a pulmonary embolism after, which kills as many as 100,000 people each year.

Fortunately, there are many ways to help avoid this painful and deadly condition. Here are some actions you can take right now:

  • Look over your Medications
    Birth control, or any estrogen-containing medication, can increase the risk of DVT. If your doctor is worried about your susceptibility, you may need non-hormonal contraception like an IUD or patch. NSAIDs, like ibuprofen and naproxen, also raise the risk of developing blood clots. So check your medicine cabinet!
  • Know your Family History
    With every DVT case in the family, your risk rises. For example, having two siblings with a history of blood clots raises your susceptibility 50-fold. Knowing this allows your doctor to think twice about prescribing certain medications to you.
  • Lose Weight
    Obesity can double DVT risk in people, especially women who are over 5’ 7” and men over 6’ tall. The blood has to pump farther against gravity, which reduces flow in the legs. This increases the chance of blood clotting. So lose the weight to lose the risk!
  • Just Move
    Raising and lowering your heels while sitting, or walking around engages the lower leg muscles which forces blood to move upward. This helps prevent DVT greatly if you sit for long periods of time.
  • Know the Risks If You’re Traveling or Recovering from Surgery
    There are plenty of ways to keep the blood flowing if you plan on being immobile for an extended period. Understand that the risks are especially high for those recovering from surgery and those that are on long flights or car rides. You should flex your feet, stretch your legs, curl and press your toes down, or just work the muscles in your legs to encourage blood flow.
  • Wear Compression Stockings
    Depending on your needs, a great pair of compression socks or hosiery can do wonders for your legs. Whether you’re working, traveling, or getting better, these socks will keep the blood moving even when you can’t.

 

Seek medical assistance for DVT immediately if you experience:

  • Swelling
  • Pain (Charley Horse)
  • Warm to the touch
  • Discoloration (red or blue)

Don’t wait to start DVT prevention as it can quickly lead to pulmonary embolism, or death. Just knowing the risk factors can greatly decrease your chances of developing blood clots. Find out more by visiting Ames Walker today, and find the right compression hosiery for your unique needs.

 

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