Development of DVT & PE (03:45)
Venous thromboembolism has become a major public health problem. Pregnant woman and women who are post-delivery are at high risk for blood clots.
Blood Clots: Signs and Symptoms (03:21)
DVTs are often asymptomatic, but severe leg pain is a typical symptom. Learn the signs and symptoms of DVT and PE. A patient describes his experiences with PE.
DVT Risk Factors (04:23)
Risk factors also include hospitalization, smoking and obesity. Hospital staff take precautions to reduce likelihood of blood clots forming. Patients play a key role in prevention.
Diagnosis of Blood Clots (04:02)
A physician assesses a patient's risk factors for DVT and PE. At least 50% of DVTs are asymptomatic. MRIs, CT scans, and ultrasound are diagnostic tools. Most often a pulmonary embolism is the first sign of a blood clot.
Risk Factors for Blood Clots (03:34)
A sedentary lifestyle and long-distance travel can cause blood clots in the deep veins of the legs. A website helps spread the word about DVT and PE. Patient education and empowerment are "crucially important" in diagnosis and treatment.
Learn the importance of blood-thinning medicines in the treatment of DVTs and PEs. A patient offers practical advice to others with dangerous blood clots.
Credits: Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism: Dangerous Blood Clots (00:35)
Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism: Dangerous Blood Clots
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