DVT Awareness

What Is DVT and Who Does It Affect?

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that occurs in deep veins, particularly in the leg. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 300,000 to 600,000 people are affected by DVT in America every year. Behind every case of DVT is a family that loves and cares for the individual affected deeply. The first step to protecting you and your family is to spread the word about DVT.


Why Increase Awareness?

In a study conducted by the CDC, 10 to 30% of diagnosed cases result in fatality within the first month. A factor to this misfortune is addressing the issue too late. That’s why engaging in meaningful conversation about DVT promotes wellness and prevents tragedy.


What Are Steps You Can Take To Increase Awareness?

  1. Talk to your doctor to see if you or a loved one are at risk. If so, discuss your treatment options to increase longevity.
  2. Talk to family and friends about assessing the risks in your immediate circle. There’s a possibility that it could because 5% to 8% of Americans have a genetic risk factor that makes DVT a likely problem (Source: CDC). Openly discussing this issue will encourage others in your life to take action that will reduce the risk of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE), Pulmonary Embolism (PE), and post-thrombotic symptoms.
  3. Most importantly, talk about lifestyle changes to encourage healthy blood flow. Half of all DVT diagnosis’ will have long-term post-thrombotic symptoms (Source: CDC). Compression products are proven to increase blood flow in the extremities and one of the best adjustments you can make to promote blood flow.


We recommend trying 15-20 mmHg graduated compression products from Ames Walker, one of the industry leaders in health and wellness compression products


Again, talk to your doctor and then let us help you find the right graduated compression hosiery to help you live healthy, live happy today!

CDC Source: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/dvt/data.html


About the Author

Kaki Zell - Vice President of Sales, Marketing, eCommerce at Legs-4-Life LLC Kaki holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She’s been working in the medical device industry for over 11 years and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greensboro Science Center.  

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