March is DVT Awareness Month, and SpotlessVeinCare.com is here to help our patients feel their best and know the risks regarding Deep Vein Thrombosis.
What Is DVT?
Deep vein thrombosis, also called DVT, occurs when a blood clot forms in your leg or calf and blocks the flow of blood. Symptoms of DVT may be swelling and redness in the affected leg, but sometimes it shows no signs at all. If left untreated, more severe health consequences may occur.
Blood Clots are a Significant and Growing Public Health Problem
Serious and potentially deadly DVT affects as many as 900,000 Americans and leads to as many as 100,000 premature deaths as well as billions of dollars in healthcare costs each year.
Are You at Risk?
There are many reasons why a person might develop a blood clot. However, over half of all blood clots are directly related to a recent hospitalization or surgery and most of these do not occur until after discharge from the hospital.
Prevention is Key!
Sigvaris products can help. Our compression products are graduated, so the compression is greatest at the ankle and gradually decreases up your leg to help improve blood flow. The upward motion of blood flow reduces swelling in your feet, ankles and legs and helps prevent DVT. Wearing graduated compression socks and hosiery daily also increases circulation which may help:
- Revitalize legs
- Management of spider and varicose veins
- Reduce leg swelling
Now that you know about the risks of developing venous disease and DVTs, take our short self-assessment to see if compression garments can help you have healthier legs.
- Have you previously suffered a DVT?
- Do you have varicose or spider veins on your legs?
- Do you take hormone supplements like birth control or HRT?
- Do you frequently travel over long distances?
- Do you have clotting disorders?
- Are you pregnant?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, ask your doctor if compression wear is right for you!