A New DVT Awareness Program – DVT Awareness in Motion

The 7th DVT Awareness Month introduces DVT - Awareness in Motion from the Coalition to Prevent Deep-Vein Thrombosis, an educational program teaching simple and effective movements to help prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis.

DVT can put one at risk for Pulmonary Embolism and another of serious health problems that could even be fatal. There are severe risks, but simple movements can help reduce or eliminate these concerns.

Mary Ann Wilson who hosts "Sit and Be Fit" on PBS will present this program, demonstrating movements that provide healthy blood circulation for preventative care of DVT. The program will have an emphasis on scenarios or conditions for some patients or individuals who may have restricted mobility - such as hospital beds, at work, rehab centers, or while traveling.

DVT-related complications take more lives each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined in the United States. Considering the 2 million Americans annually who are experiencing the affects of DVT, and the 300,000 that die each year from Pulmonary Embolism (which could have been prevented), this kind of education is the best opportunity to lessen the hundreds of thousands of deaths and millions of complications caused by this common but rarely discussed condition.

From the article:

“The goal of DVT Awareness In Motion is to use movement as a way to continue to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of DVT, to help assess personal risk of developing a DVT and to encourage dialogue with a healthcare professional,” explained Melanie Bloom, National Patient Spokesperson for the Coalition, whose husband, NBC correspondent David Bloom, died seven years ago from DVT-related complications while covering the war in Iraq. “I encourage everyone to participate in the program and download information from the Coalition’s Web site, to learn more about the important role of movement in helping to reduce your risk.”

“When the muscles of the legs are inactive, blood can collect in the lower extremities, increasing the risk for developing a DVT. However, when the muscles of the legs are active, they help improve circulation by pushing the blood back to the heart,” explained Dr. Geno Merli, Coalition to Prevent DVT Steering Committee member and Chief Medical Officer at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia. “Although certain individuals may be at an increased risk for developing DVT, it can occur in almost anyone. So, it’s important to maintain regular mobility to sustain proper blood circulation.”

So how do you prevent DVT? This educational resource explains how low-impact movements can help prevent DVT by encouraging circulation, avoiding smoking, and staying hydrated all help. Furthermore, for more complications, compression therapy stockings to encourage proper circulation or anti-coagulants used to help prevent clotting also help.

If you want to know more, see the new educational resource for DVT, PreventDVT.org, sponsored by Sanofi-Aventis.