Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) kills more Americans than breast cancer and AIDS combined. It does this by sending blood clots into the lungs resulting in pulmonary embolism. That’s what killed NBC correspondent David Bloom. It killed my neighbor’s young daughter. And it damn near killed me.
Symptoms may include pain, redness or swelling in the legs. Or none of the above. The problem with DVT is that often there are no symptoms. By the time you get a pulmonary embolism, it may be too late. If you do, get to the ER pronto. They’ll do a CT scan and pump you full of Heparin to prevent further clots from forming.
How can you prevent DVT?
- Move. There’s a reason it’s called “economy class syndrome.”
- Talk to your doctor.
- Read: http://www.preventdvt.org/
Awareness of DVT may save your life or the life of someone you know.