March is DVT Awareness Month. DVT stands for Deep Vein Thorombosis or Pulmonary Embolism. Over two million people develop dvt a year in the USA while 200,000 die from dvt or pulmonary embolism in the USA alone. More than AIDS & breast cancer combined.
DVT is started as it travels from blood clot to lungs.
Blood clot(thrombosis) deep vein calf or thigh.
Blood clot partially or completely blocks flow of blood in veins.
Deep veins are surrounded by powerful muscles bring blood to the heart in the circulation process.
DVT is caused by illness, immobility, hospitalization, or people that don't get out enough.
Blood slows down due to a pool of illness, immobility, hospitalization, not getting out enough.
Pulmonary embolism: Blood clot of pulmonary artery causing severe dysfunction in resportory function often orignates in deep leg veins & travel to lung through blood circulation.
This is the same disease that killed NBC Newsman David Bloom during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
DVT & Cardiovascular Disease Risk: Circulation system is the network in the body responsible for transporting oxygen & nutrients. Heart pumps oxygen rich blood through the arteries. Into smaller vessels called capillaries which distribute blood to the body tissues into the capillaries into the veins back into the heart through the oxygen poor blood.
Heart must beat 365 days a year apporoximately 100,000 times.
All parts of the process from the heart, lung, veins, & arteries must function efficiently.
When one component weakens, the entire system may suffer.
Cardiovascular Disease: Disorder that affects the heart muscle/vesels of the heart. Conditions that impacts the blood vessels such as poor circulation due to blockage. People are at risk of dvt because these factors heighten the likelihood of clots & poolings by blood.
Causes of clots & pulmonary embolism:
Very-low blood pressure
Sharp Chest Pains
Coughing up blood
Anxiety or nervousness
Shortness of breath
Seek proper medical help and hospitalization
Blood clots are a nautural part of healing to unable the injured tissue to begin reparing itself without excessive blood loss.
In dvt case body signals clotting process otherwise occur unnecessairly at & in the wrong place & time.
Why do clots form:
1. Clotting factors release chemicals that signal the body to produce fibrin thread-like protein that weaves itself through & stablizes.
2. Special proteins called clothing factors creating the clot bonding the platelets.
3. blood vessels injure platelets attach themselves to the wounded area that are injured & disc-shaped.
4. Signals are sent to attract more platelets called aggregation.
Low-Molecular Weight Heparins
Take these medications as prescribed. Read the product labels for possible side effects.
Don't take with any herbal remedies or megavitamin supplements without chekcing with healthcare provider.
There are many, may websites devoted to dvt and/or pulmonary embolism.
But here are two websites with more detailed and accurate information:
If you experience a "small cramp" in your leg that lasts for more than two days, chances are you have a type of dvt or pe. Seek medical advice and help as well as medication.
Sadly these precautions couldn't save David Bloom's life in time but out of something bad we can learn from these precautions that may save a lot of lives and maybe even yours as well.
Because what you don't know can hurt you!!