Blood Clots: What You Need to Know

Blood clots (leg, DVT)) affect an estimated 2 million Americans each year and blood clots in the lung (PE) cause approximately 300,000 deaths each year. more more than AIDS and breast cancer combined. Below are some key facts about blood clots and what you need to know.

Blood clots are a common medical condition.

Blood clots can happen to anyone, at any age.

Be aware of the risk factors for blood clots:

  • Immobility (Prolonged sitting, hospitalization)
  • Medical conditons (Cancer and it’s treatment, heart failure)
  • Surgery and Trauma (Major surgery, bone fracture or cast, catheter in a large vein)
  • Icreased estrogen (Birth control pills, patches, rings; pregnancy, for up to six weeks after giving birth; estrogen and progestin hormone therapy)
  • Previous blood clots
  • Family history of clots
  • Clotting disorder
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Older age

Know the symptoms of blood clots.

Blood Clots: What you need to know could save your life.

Blood Clots: What you need to know could save your life.

Take action if you suspect you have a blood clot. Don’t delay seeking medical care.

If you are concerned about blood clots, talk with your doctor about your individual risk factors and what you can do to reduce your risk.

Talk with your doctor about clots before any surgery or hospitalization.

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