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Blood Clots: DVT and PE

2010 UPDATE:Footlaw has identified (1) Blood Clots; (2) Deep Vein Thrombosis; and (3) Pulmonary Embolism as emerging quality of care issues:

Deep Vein Thrombosis, commonly called “Blood Clots” can form in the veins of the leg, thigh, or hip area. Such “Blood Clots” are dangerous, because they can loosen and travel to the veins of the lungs (where they are called Pulmonary Embolism) and can block the veins of the lungs. This interferes with heart function and can lead to death.

Deep Vein Thrombosis which does not lead can Pulmonary Embolism can cause long term problems in the affected leg(s), including chronic swelling, varicose veins, chronic pain, and ulcerations (chronic wounds) on the legs.

PROTECT YOURSELF:

KNOW THE RISK FACTORS FOR DVT and PE:

  1. Female
  2. Birth control pills
  3. Hormone replacement therapy
  4. Obesity
  5. Smoking
  6. Post-surgical
  7. Immobilization (e.g., cast)
  8. Long care rides
  9. Plane flights
  10. Pregnancy or recent childbirth
  11. Inactivity
  12. Prolonged bed rest
  13. Cancer patients
  14. Recent fractures or injury
  15. Positive family history for DVT or PE
  16. Age older than 40 years of age
  17. Varicose veins

Consult with your physician as to whether you are at higher risk for DVT or PE

ANYONE can develop a DVT or a PE!

BE ALERT FOR SYMPTOMS OF DVT AND PE:

  1. Pain and/or swelling in lower extremity
  2. Lower extremity skin is warm and/or red
  3. Chest pain
  4. Coughing up blood
  5. Shortness of breath
  6. Fainting
  7. Rapid pulse

The above are some signs and symptoms of DVT and PE – consult with your physician for complete information!

WHEN IN DOUBT, GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM OR CALL 911

FLYING ALERT:

DVT and PE associated with flying (especially long distance flying) has been labeled “Economy Class Syndrome.” DVT/PE is an underreported risk. Protect yourself while flying:

  1. Wear OTC support hose (unless you have prescription hose)
  2. Take 2 aspirin before your flight (unless aspirin is contra indicated in your situation)
  3. Drink plenty of water while on board
  4. Get up and walk around (get the blood moving)
  5. Do foot and leg exercises (check the airline’s in-flight magazine for suggestions)

If you or a loved one has suffered with a MAJOR complication or DEATH from DVT and/or PE, the attorneys listed on this web site will be happy to review your medical records and let you know whether they can assist you.

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