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.
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).
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.
Leg pain can be caused by many causes, of which most can be classified as neurological, musculoskeletal, or vascular. 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:
Over 300+ thousand inviduals are diagosed with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) each year - a disease where blood clots form and could lead to serious side effects including death. Many people are not even aware of the fact as the symptoms are generally difficult for most to recognize at first. Tired legs or cramps in the ankles and calves, long plane rides that leave your legs swollen and uncomfortable, even restless legs during the night. Many of these common symptoms are often associated with getting older - nothing more, nothing less. Having DVT on the other hand is really quite serious, however, and if these symptoms are noticed during the day you should seek a consultation from a trained vein specialist.