RENO, NEV. (KRNV & Mynews4.com)--March is Deep Vein Thrombosis awareness month and one local doctor wants to remind people how dangerous this is, ways to prevent it and signs and symptoms.
Dr. John Daake says about a dozen patients are diagnosed with a new form of DVT every month at the Reno Vein Clinic.
According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, DVT can affect 300,000 to 600,000 people every year. 10 to 30 percent of the time, it can be deadly.
Dr. Daake says DVT is when a blood clot forms in deeper veins, usually in the legs. He says there are a variety of causes including slow blood flow, pregnancy, certain drugs, post-op limitations and sitting or laying in one place for too long.
He says only about 40-50 percent of the cases have physical symptoms. Those symptoms can include sudden pain the calf, swelling of leg, increased warmth in the area of the leg that’s swollen or painful and discoloration.
Dr. Daake says there are ways to prevent DVT. If you are sitting in one place for a long time, for example, a long road trip or plane ride, do something to activate your calf muscles and get the blood flowing. He also recommends compression socks.
If you have any questions about DVT, you can call the Reno Vein Clinic at 775-329-3100.