March is national Deep-Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Month. The month is meant to raise public awareness of a common medical condition that can have potentially fatal complications from pulmonary embolisms. Based on a national survey sponsored by the American Public Health Association, the American Heart Association states that up to 2 million Americans are affected annually by DVT, which is another name for blood clots. However, nearly 75 percent of individuals have little-to-no awareness that they have DVT.
DVT happens when a blood clot lodges in a deep vein in the leg. The clot may partially or completely block circulation. There are also other conditions which mimic those of DVT. The most accurate way to diagnose DVT is with ultrasound and related equipment. The following symptoms can occur with a DVT:
- Heat in Affected Area
The medical, public health, and patient advocacy communities got together to sponsor DVT Awareness Month in order to educate the public about DVT’s signs, symptoms, and risk factors. For example, O’Gorman Vein and Vascular, a leading provider of varicose vein surgery in Mobile, AL, is offering free DVT screenings March 21-23 at its clinic in Mobile. Take advantage of this free service and call (251) 410-8346 to schedule an appointment.