You are at risk for DVT!
- Everyone is at risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
- DVT can cause serious illness, disability, and may even lead to death caused by pulmonary embolism.
- If you notice the signs early, DVT can be safely treated by your healthcare provider.
- Learn how to prevent DVT and share the information with friends and family.
New Health Tool for You
CDC has created a new tool about DVT. You can put CDC’s slideshow widget on your own home pages, blogs, and other sites. Adding a CDC.gov widget to your page means that you are sharing up-to-date, credible health information with your friends and family. You can help prevent someone you care about suffering from illness, disability, and even death as a result of DVT!
The slideshow answers these questions:
- What is DVT?
- Why should I care?
- What are the signs and symptoms?
- Am I at risk?
- How can I prevent DVT?
Tips to Prevent DVT
Most cases of DVT can be prevented. Here are things you can do to protect your health:
- Get up and move after sitting or lying down for long periods of time.
- Move your lower legs while seated on long trips.
- Before any surgery, talk to your doctor about blood clots.
- If you've had a stay in the hospital or been treated for a serious injury, ask what you can do to prevent blood clots.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Know your family history of blood clots.
- Tell your healthcare provider if you have other risk factors for DVT.
About Deep Vein Thrombosis
Deep Vein Thrombosis, or DVT, occurs when a large blood clot forms in a deep vein in the body, usually the leg. Sometimes part of the clot breaks off and travels through the bloodstream to the lungs. This is called a Pulmonary Embolism, or PE, and can be fatal. Together, these two types of dangerous blood clots are known as the condition called venous thromboembolism (or VTE).
CDC estimates that up to 900,000 events resulting in as many as 100,000 premature deaths occur in the United States yearly with health care costs as high as $10 billion.1, 2
With the ultimate goal of reducing the significant disease burden of these conditions, CDC has partnered with the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) to kick off the first ever World Thrombosis Day, a new worldwide initiative. World Thrombosis Day will be every year on October 13th with the aim of raising much-needed awareness and action through public and professional education activities worldwide. The inaugural 2014 WTD Campaign will spotlight VTE specifically, one of the most serious and common conditions of clotting.
Surveillance, Epidemiology, Research
CDC’s current activities focus on pilot surveillance activities, developing improved methods and innovative tools for tracking DVT/PE occurrence, building the science base on causes and prevention of DVT/PE and its complications, and developing and promoting education and awareness materials to inform the public and health care providers about DVT/PE risks and prevention.
What CDC is doing
Bringing together DVT/PE experts to inform, promote, and guide CDC’s activities around DVT/PE surveillance and the prevention of healthcare associated DVT/PE.
Developing and informing information collection systems that provide information on DVT/PE occurring in the community (both inpatient and outpatient) and in populations that have age and race diversity.
Analyzing information collected from the CDC-funded Thrombosis and Hemostasis Research and Prevention Centers to describe characteristics of patients with DVT/PE.
Evaluating the use of existing data sources to identify the rates of use of prevention protocols in hospital settings and the occurrence of DVT/PE after surgery.
Identifying what information is needed to increase the public’s and healthcare providers’ awareness and knowledge about DVT/PE and how best to communicate the information.
1. Beckman M, Hooper WC, Critchley S, Ortel T. Venous thromboembolism: a public health concern. Am J Prev Med. 2010;38(4 Suppl):S495-501.
2. Raskob G, Silverstein R, Bratzler D, Heit J, White R. Surveillance for deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism: recommendations from a national workshop. Am J Prev Med. 2010;38(4 Suppl):S502-9.