DVT (deep vein thrombosis) can be fatal. Knowing who is at risk for DVT and finding ways for prevention can save lives. DVT can develop in the lower or upper extremities.
Last September, the Office of the Surgeon General launched a DVT awareness campaign in collaboration with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Studies are underway to determine which drug interventions can stop those at risk from developing DVT - blood clots in the deep large veins that can travel to the lungs or brain, and lead to death.
One of goals of DVT research is to determine if warfarin (a blood thinner) can prevent 300,000 deaths each year from DVT and pulmonary embolus (a blood clot from DVT dislodges from the leg veins or pelvis and travels to the lungs.) According to the American Heart Association, more than 2 million Americans are affected by DVT each year. DVT (deep vein thrombosis) can be fatal. Knowing who is at risk for DVT, and finding ways for prevention, can save lives. DVT can develop in the lower or upper extremities.
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