Malpractice News: Risk Factors for DVT
Malpractice News: According to research conducted by the U.S. Surgeon General’s office, each year between 350,000 and 600,000 Americans develop dangerous blood clots in their legs. At least 100,000 people die each year of complications from the clots. The blood clots, known as a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), form in the larger blood vessels in the body. Symptoms of DVT include swelling; pain, especially in the calf; or a warm spot or red or discolored skin on the leg; shortness of breath or pain when breathing deeply.
DVTs typically form in the legs or groin. Risk factors and triggers include a recent surgery, broken bones sustained in car accidents or falls, or long periods of immobility. In women, DVTS can develop during pregnancy or in patients taking oral contraceptives or menopause-related hormones. Other risks include age, smoking and obesity.
Additional information about DVTs can be found at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Web site. The AHRQ has released a consumer-focused booklet to help consumers to determine if they may be at risk to develop a DVT.
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