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Clearing Up the Facts About DVT

Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is a serious condition that can happen to anyone. The good news is that it’s preventable and treatable if detected early. Get clarity about the causes, symptoms, risk factors, and complications of DVT so you can take charge of your health.

What is DVT?

DVT is a blood clot that forms in a deep vein and can lead to serious, sometimes life-threatening, complications. Learn more about the symptoms and causes of DVT.

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74% of Americans have little or no awareness of DVT (1)

half of all blood clots occur during or soon after a hospital stay or surgery2

Find Out if You’re at Risk

Getting clarity about the risk factors for DVT can help you make healthier choices. Find out what puts you at risk so you can reduce your chance of developing a dangerous blood clot.

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Diagnosing DVT

Early diagnosis of DVT is critical to help prevent complications, but it often goes un-diagnosed because there may be no obvious signs or symptoms. Learn about the tests used to diagnose this serious condition.

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About half of the people with DVT blood clots have no symptoms
100,000 people die in the U.S. each year from blood clots (4)

DVT COMPLICATIONS

DVT can lead to serious complications, including pulmonary embolism and post-thrombotic syndrome. Learn about the symptoms and ways to help prevent DVT-related complications.

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Talk to your Doctor

From understanding your risk of complications to finding out about your treatment options, our Doctor Discussion Guide has important questions to ask your doctor to help clear up the confusion about DVT.

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  1. American Public Health Association. Deep-Vein Thrombosis: Advancing Awareness to Protect Patient Lives. http://www.leepbook.com/eventdownloads/4168_APHAWhitePaperonDeep-VeinThrombosis.pdf. Accessed October 16, 2015.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Venous Thromboembolism (Blood Clots). Venous Thromboembolism: Know the Risks, Signs & Symptoms of Blood Clots. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/dvt/infographic-risk.html. Accessed October 5, 2015.
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Venous Thromboembolism (Blood Clots). http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/dvt/facts.html. Accessed October 13, 2015.
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Venous Thromboembolism (Blood Clots). Venous Thromboembolism: Impact of Blood Clots on the United States – Infographic. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/dvt/infographic-impact.html. Accessed October 5, 2015.