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Deep Vein Thrombosis Month Continues Throughout March

The month of March has been designated as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) month. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that between 300,000 to 600,000 Americans are affected by DVT or pulmonary embolism (PE).

What is DVT?

This is a type of clot that forms in a major vein of the leg or sometimes in the arms, pelvis or any other major vein in the body.  Deep-Vein Thrombosis can lead to the more serious pulmonary embolism in some cases. Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a veins condition where the clot will detach itself then moves towards the lungs and when this happens blood cannot circulate and may cause death.  Thus, it is important to have veins treatment for DVT to stop development of further complication.

Known causes of DVT are:

  • Immobility like too much sitting, person is bedridden, trauma to the legs
  • Coagulation of blood is faster due to smoking, situation runs in the family, increase number of red blood cells, cancer
  • Trauma to the vein caused by surgery or injury

The following are the usual symptoms of DVT:

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Warm area
  • Redness

All of the above happen because there is a problem with blood flow towards the heart. More specifically, a blockage exists and causes blood to go stay in the lower extremities.

Superficial veins treatment consists of:

  • warm compresses to the leg
  • anti-inflammatory medicines

Treatment of DVTs depends on the location. If it is below the knee are not as dangerous since these clots do not tend to dislodge and cause further problems.  The cause of such clots should be addressed.  Those above the knee are through anti-coagulation.  Medications can be taken to avoid clots detaching and travelling to the lungs.

ASH Mission

The American Society of Hematology or ASH is bringing attention to the education and awareness of DVT with a goal to prevent and treat this veins disorder.  The society is working with other agencies like the Department of Health and Human Services to add more consciousness of how serious Deep Vein Thrombosis is. Congress has also been tapped to assist in the formation of a national DVT surveillance system at the CDC.  The government has also been asked to help financially in the project for the research, cures and prevention for the disorder.

Studies about DVT are discussed during the Special Symposium on the Basic Science of Hemostasis and Thrombosis during the annual ASH meeting.  The gathering is an important tool for researchers since the meet provide the latest studies about thrombosis and other blood related updates.

Last 2010, ASH had a series of webinars about thrombosis concerns that haematologists are faced with. Experts on various fields were present to answer questions about diagnosis and patient care.  ASH also has a library about Hematology that can be used as resource by doctors and other interested parties. There is also the ASH Education Program Book that was written by specialists that cover considerable topics on anticoagulants, Deep Vein Thrombosis, arterial thrombosis and other related topics.

Contact a local veins doctor to learn more about Deep Vein Thrombosis and how it may affect you.

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