What do you know about Venous Thromboenbolism (VTE)?
Found deep in the leg, Venus Thromboembolism (VTE) is the formation of a blood clot in an artery or vein. When the clot breaks away from the legs and goes to the lungs (pulmonary embolism), the result is often fatal. VTE is the cause of 1 in 4 deaths worldwide and what makes it more tragic, is that it is very preventable once you know what it is, what it feels like (the symptoms) and are aware of the risk factors.Thrombosis: What to know and how to prevent this deadly condition for you and your loved ones #WTDay15 Click To Tweet
VTE is not the result of a lifestyle issue. So, diet and exercise will not lessen your chances of getting it. What are the risk factors?
Risk Factors for Thrombosis
Over 60 years of age
Personal or family history of blood clorts
Estrogen based medicine (oral contaceptives or hormone replacement therapy)
Pregnancy or recent birth
Extended stays in the hospital is the leading contributing factor to thrombosis. 60% of VTE’s occur within 90 days of an extended hospital stay making it a leading preventable cause of hospital deaths. Having a knee replacement or hip surgery is the perfect example of when thrombosis could possibly occur. If you or your parent are scheduled for a two or more day hospital stay, it is recommended to get a risk assessment to determine if additional care for VTE is needed.
What are the Symptoms for Getting Thrombosis?
Swelling in the leg, ankle or foot
Pain or tenderness starting in the calf
Redness or noticeable discoloration
Warmth on the leg or affected area
While you or your parent may not be going in the hospital for an extended period of time, something you do every day may also contribute to getting thrombosis. Sitting for long periods of time, like with extended car rides or air flights, may also lead to VTE, especially if you have predisposed genetic factors. Whenever you sit for a prolonged amount of time, every few hours you should get your blood flowing by getting up and moving around. Even just flexing your foot back and forth helps. And stay hydrated.
For a condition so critical, there really hasn’t been a lot of public awareness of what Venus Thromboenbolism is and how it can be prevented. That is why October 13, 2015 was designated as Worldwide Thrombosis Day to hopefully change the direction of this preventable condition. Join me in celebrating Worldwide Thrombosis Day every day by sharing this information and practicing the preventive measures.
To learn more about VTE, visit the Worldwide Thrombosis Day website.