In Recognition of February being American Heart Month, here are 5 fast facts about Venous Thromboembolism (blood clots).
Why the focus on blood clots? Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) is the 3rd leading vascular diagnosis after heart attack and stroke and is often preventable!
- Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) is a blood clot that starts in a vein and can either be a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or a Pulmonary Embolism (PE).
- The most frequent triggers for DVT and PE are surgery, cancer, immobilization, pregnancy, oral contraceptive use, and hospitalization.
- Blood clots in the thigh are more likely to break off and move to the lungs than blood clots in the lower leg or other parts of the body.
- According to the American Heart Association, VTE is most common in adults 60 and older, but it can occur at any age.
- For DVT, an ultrasound of the leg is used to diagnose. For PE, a CAT scan is most often used to diagnose.
Those at risk can prevent VTE by routine follow ups with your provider at Mountain Laurel Medical Center and adherence to instructions by your Healthcare professional after surgery. Be Proactive! The American Heart Association recommends you request a risk assessment for VTE when you are a patient in the hospital or having surgery.