Know thrombosis: Tips to prevent deadly blood clots
October 7, 2017 | 6:57 PM
by Courtesy of Brandpoint
Knowing the facts about thrombosis can save your life, so visit to the doctor is a must.

When you think of potentially deadly health issues, do you think of a blood clot? According to a recent US survey, only 7 per cent of people say they are concerned about blood clots, known by the medical term thrombosis. However, what they might not know is one in four people worldwide die from conditions caused by thrombosis, making it a leading cause of global death and disability. So, what is thrombosis?

● Thrombosis is the formation of potentially deadly blood clots in the artery (arterial thrombosis) or vein (venous thrombosis).

● When a blood clot forms in the deep veins of the leg, it is known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

● If a blood clot travels in the circulation and lodges in the lungs, it is known as a pulmonary embolism (PE).

●Together, DVT and PE are known as venous thromboembolism (VTE), a dangerous and potentially deadly medical condition. DVT + PE = VTE.

Some signs and symptoms of DVT include pain or tenderness in the calf and/or thigh; swelling of the leg, foot and/or ankle; redness and/or noticeable discolouration; and warmth.

People with PE often experience shortness of breath, rapid breathing, chest pain (which may be worse during deep breath), rapid heart rate, lightheadedness and/or fainting. Risk factors for VTE include hospitalisation, surgery, cancer, prolonged immobility, family history, oestrogen-containing medications and pregnancy or recent birth. Given that up to 60 per cent of VTE cases occur during or after hospitalisation, it’s important to ask your doctor for a risk assessment anytime you are admitted to the hospital.

“Knowing the facts about thrombosis can save your life,” says Mike Albanese, a comedian living with AFib, a common type of irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia, which can lead to the formation of a deadly blood clot. “As a comedian, I try to use my shows as a platform to educate others about thrombosis, which can be preventable when you know what to look for.”

When it comes to thrombosis, knowing the signs, symptoms and risk factors can help you keep life flowing.

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