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DVT/PE & Blood Clotting Disorder Support & Information

Pulmonary Embolisms, Deep Vein Thrombosis, and Clotting Disorders - oh my!

DVT/PE & Clotting Disorder Support and Information
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For more information about thrombophilia and thrombosis - NATT

For a good resource on genetic clotting disorders, especially Factor V Leiden, and to join the Factor V Leiden e-mail list, visit factorVLeiden.org

Here are a few statistics, which I've lovingly stolen from the NATT webpage. <3<3

"Hereditary thrombophilia—an inherited predisposition to blood clots—affects approximately 1 in 20 people in the United States. Positive lifestyle choices and/or treatment during high-risk situations could prevent blood clots in a significant number of these individuals."

"Each year, at least 275,000 new cases of venous thromboembolism—or clots in veins—are diagnosed in the United States . Of these, 146,000 people develop deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which occurs in the leg's deep veins. Pulmonary embolism, a serious and often fatal complication of deep vein thrombosis, affects 129,000 of these patients."

"At least 53,000 people die each year in the U.S. due to venous thromboembolism. This number is greater than the number of people who die annually of AIDS, breast cancer, or automobile accidents."

Some of the risk factors for DVT/PE (Deep Vein Thrombosis/Pulmonary Embolism - blood clots in the deep veins of your legs/arms or in your pulmonary (lung) arteries) include:

-Long periods of inactivity

Inactivity caused by prolonged bed rest, long plane rides or car trips decreases blood flow in the veins in your lower extremities, making clots more likely. In some cases, people who are immobilized after surgery, a heart attack or serious injuries are more likely to develop blood clots and pulmonary embolism than people who are able to get up and walk around. In fact, the highest incidence of pulmonary embolism occurs among people in hospitals. But in recent years, attention has also focused on increased rates of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism among otherwise healthy travelers on long plane trips. Cramped seats with little legroom have contributed to the problem — so much so that deep vein thrombosis is sometimes referred to as "economy class syndrome."

-Increased levels of clotting factors in the blood

Some types of cancer, especially pancreatic, lung and ovarian cancer, cause increased blood levels of procoagulants — substances that contribute to blood clotting. The female hormone estrogen found in birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) also increases the amount of clotting factors in the blood.

-Certain medical conditions

People who have cardiovascular disease associated with clot formation, such as heart attack (myocardial infarction) or stroke, are more likely to develop blood clots in their veins.

-Injury to veins

This may occur during certain surgical procedures — especially hip surgery or knee replacement. It may also result from direct injuries to the legs or from leg or pelvic fractures

The above information was taken from Mayo Clinic

Now that you have a little bit of an idea about clotting and clotting disorders, feel free to join up for discussion, information, support, sharing stories, whatever. Just stay on topic, and remember that you need to always ask your doctor before stopping or starting any types of treatment or medication/vitamins. I am not a doctor, nor do I make any claims to know how what I talk about pertains to your individual situation. Everybody is different. Anonymous posting is screened, so keep that in mind.
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