What Is Deep Vein
Thrombosis?

DVT Affects Over 2 Million Americans. More Americans die from
DVT than breast cancer, AIDS and traffic fatalities - combined.

DVT is a blood clot that
forms in a vein in the body

Most deep vein blood clots occur in the lower leg or thigh. They also can occur in other parts of the body. A blood clot in a deep vein can break off and travel through the bloodstream. The loose clot is called an embolus (EM-bo-lus). It can travel to an artery in the lungs and block blood flow. This condition is called pulmonary embolism (PULL-mun-ary Em-bo-lizm), or PE. PE is a very serious condition. It can damage the lungs and other organs in the body and cause death.

Warning Signs Of Dvt & Pulmonary Embolism (Pe)

  • Pain or tenderness in an
    extremity of groin
  • Sudden swelling of the leg
  • Noticeably warm skin
  • Change in the color of the leg
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest Pain while breathing
  • Rapid pulse
  • Coughing with blood
  • Unexplained anxiety
  • Sweating

Blood clots cause more risk of PE in thighs

Blood clots also can form in veins closer to the skin's surface. However, these clots won't break off and cause PE. Many factors determine your risk five to 10 days after surgery. With today's shorter hospital stays, that's most likely when you're recovering at home, away from the watchful eye of your health care providers. Therefore, it's vital that life-saving DVT prevention doesn't end at the time of discharge after surgery- but continues at the home throughout your most vulnerable days. Your physican can prescribe DVT prevention that you can use at home, including both mechanical and pharmacological prophylaxis.

DVT Prevention: Healthy Lifestyle & Regular Checkups

To lower your risk and help prevent DVT, take these steps:
  • Maintain an active lifestyle and exercise regularly-- daily, if possible, Walking, swimming and bicycling are all great activites.
  • Manage weight with exercise as well as by eating a healthy diet.
  • IF you smoke, quit! Nicotine therapy (in patches, gums, or sprays) and support group can make this much easier to do.
  • Get blood pressure checked regularly; take steps to lower it, if neccessary.
  • Report any family or personal history of blood clotting problems to your doctor.
  • Discuss alternatives to birth control pills or hormone-replacement therapy with your doctor

Need For Prevention At Home

Many factors determine your risk for DVT, but studies show you're at highest risk five to ten days after surgery. With today's shorter hospital stays, that's most likely when you're recovering at home, away from the watchful eye of your health care providers. Therefore, it's vital that life-saving DVT prevention doesn't end at the time of discharge after surgery- but continues at home throughout your most vulnerable days. Your physician can prescribe DVT prevention that you can use at home, such as our tubeless cordless DVT Prevention device called Circul8.