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What You Can Do to Limit Your Chance of Developing Deep Vein Thrombosis or a Pulmonary Embolism

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Unlike cancer and heart disease, not many Americans realize that vein disease can be a serious concern. The first signs may be spider veins or varicose veins. If left untreated, it can form a blood clot deep within the body, known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). If that blood clot were to break off, and travel through the body to the major organs, known as a pulmonary embolism (PE), it could cause very serious health problems including sudden death.

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Deep Vein Thrombosis in a Nutshell

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 60,000-100,000 Americans die of DVT, a related pulmonary embolism (PE) or both each year. Of those, the first sign of a PE will be sudden death; an additional 10-30% of will die within one month of diagnosis.

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How Healthy is Your Circulatory System?

It all begins with the heart. Your cardiovascular system delivers oxygen and nutrients from the heart to the rest of your body. Between heartbeats, blood flows from the upper chambers of the heart to the lower chambers, and then to the arteries. Arteries carry blood away from the heart and throughout the body while veins bring blood back to the heart.

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Get Lasting Relief for Your Leg Pain

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Leg pain can be caused by many causes, of which most can be classified as neurological, musculoskeletal, orvascular. Although you should work with your healthcare provider to identify the cause of any consistent pain you may feel, be aware that vascular issues can become serious or life-threatening if left untreated. Let’s take a closer look at one vascular condition that can cause leg pain:

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If your mother has varicose veins…don’t wait until you see them too

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Does your mother have bluish veins twisting and turning on the surface of her legs? As we age, the appearance of varicose veins is much more common especially in women. In-fact, recent data shows that varicose veins affect more than 22 million women over 40 in the US. The force of gravity overpowers the valves in the veins that are intended to guide blood flow from your body’s tissues to your heart. As they become damaged, the veins become misshapen and blood often pools in the lower legs, causing an achy pain and other issues.

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