Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a serious condition where blood clots form deep in the veins of your circulatory system. Usually, DVT occurs in the veins on lower extremities and is primarily caused by either a lack of circulation or the inability for blood to clot normally. Close to one million people are affected by blood clots each year and up to 100,000 people die from complications related to DVT. if a DVT blood clot breaks loose, it can result in pulmonary embolism, which can be fatal. The problem is that blood clots often remain undiagnosed and many people don’t realize the problem until it’s too late. To better understand DVT blood clots and keep yourself protected, it’s important to know what the risks are, how to reduce them, and the signs and symptoms to watch out for.
Older adults are at a higher risk for developing non-healing wounds than anyone else. Because of this increased risk, it’s important to regularly examine yourself for any wounds and keep note of those that look like they’re not healing. Chronic wounds are wounds that don’t heal over the course of 2-3 months. There are a number of different types of chronic wounds and many of them are a result of infection, surgery, or ulcerations. One of the most common types of chronic, non-healing wounds in older adults is an arterial or venous ulcer.
Did you know that up to 100,000 Americans die each year from vein disease? While 1-2 per 1,000 people are affected by DVT and PE each year in the US, 5-8% of the population has a genetic predisposition (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
What You Can Do to Limit Your Chance of Developing Deep Vein Thrombosis or a Pulmonary Embolism14/03/2018
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.
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.