March is Deep Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month

Did you know that over 2 million people are diagnosed annually with Deep Vein Thrombosis? Did you know the more serious complication it can cause, pulmonary embolism (PE), claims 300,000 lives annually? In the United States, this is more than breast cancer and AIDS combined.

These staggering numbers have prompted Dr. Andrew Jones and Dr. Ed Boyle of the Inovia Vein Specialty Center collaborating with the efforts of Sigvaris Corporation to co-author a patient guide to help educate individuals with the facts when they are diagnosed with DVT.

DVT is the formation of blood clots in a deep vein. It can generally be caused by decreased blood flow rate in the legs, damaged vein walls, or increased chances for blood clots in some individuals. These commonly affect legs, but can also affect arms. They are often occuring without symptoms but can cause engorged veins, swelling, or pain in the leg.

Pulmonary Embolism is when the clot dislodges itself from the vein and travels to the lungs, which can be fatal. DVT can also cause edema if its not treated.

There are many possible treatment options, but you should always consult a doctor about the best treatment options - anticoagulation is a common treatment and compression stockings are often suggested.

If you're experiencing DVT, compression therapy stockings may help, but you should only wear compression stockings if recommended by your physician.

Most patients are not aware of this potentially fatal condition, its treatment options, or the ongoing health problems it can cause. Finding out that you have a condition that can potentially prove to be fatal without treatment is not pleasant news; in fact, for most, such news can be terrifying.

These guides are now being distributed across North America to increase awareness for these new diagnosed patients of DVT or PE. Hopefully these guides will lead to more educated and informed decision-making to treat Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism.