Blood clots kill at least 100,000 people in the US each year
In the United States, blood clots claim a life six minutes.
While people of all ages can be affected, there is good news: With proper care, it is preventable.
The risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a clot in a deep vein, usually in the lower leg, thigh, or pelvis, increases with age.
Who is at risk of developing blood clots?
Clots can also occur in other parts of the body, such as the arms, and if one breaks off and travels through the bloodstream to the lungs, it can cause pulmonary embolism (PE) – a blockage of arteries in the lungs.
Combining DVT and PE is known as venous thromboembolism (VTE). which can cause serious illness, disability or death.
Blood clots kill more than 100,000 people in the US each year. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and VTE affects 900,000 Americans each year.
People who are obese, have lung, heart or inflammatory bowel disease, have recent or recurrent cancer, or are on estrogen-based medication have a higher risk of blood clots.
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Other major risk factors include hospitalization, surgery, pregnancy, trauma, smoking, a family history of blood clots, and immobility or prolonged sitting.
Experts say people should be on the alert for symptoms of clots during or shortly after a long car or airplane ride.
with this, AARP Notes Scientists have found a link between the COVID-19 virus and abnormal blood clots that potentially result from high levels of inflammation.
Symptoms of DVT include pain or tenderness that accompanies bruising, swelling of the leg or arm, skin that is swollen or hot to the touch with pain, and redness of the skin with swelling or pain.
Symptoms of PE include difficulty breathing, chest pain that increases with a deep breath, coughing up blood, very low blood pressure or lightheadedness and fainting, and a faster or irregular heartbeat than normal.
If a blood clot is found, most patients will be given blood-thinning medication and may require surgery in rare cases, the AARP said.
To prevent clots, individuals are advised to know the risks and recognize the symptoms, visit a doctor as soon as possible if symptoms are experienced, and talk to a doctor about blood clots prior to any surgery.