|Anatomy and Physiology 11 |
|Patricia Libby |
Deep Vein Thrombosis, also called (DVT or blood clots) occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein. Thus, that’s where it gets its name from. Part of a clot may break off and travel through the bloodstream to the lungs causing a pulmonary embolism (PE) and possibly, death. Both Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism are a major public health problem in the United States. Estimates show that thousands of Americans have a DVT or PE each year and that at least 100,000 people die as a result. (cdc.gov) Lots of people who have a DVT or PE also have other complications that can greatly impact their quality of life.
Deep Vein Thrombosis is most common in the deep veins of the lower leg, (calf) area, and can spread up to the veins in your thigh. On the contrary, DVT can also first develop in the deep vein of your thigh, even more uncommon in other deep veins such as ones in your arm. Different people experience different complications and symptoms.
The exact incidence of DVT isn’t known, mainly because most studies done are limited by the innate inaccuracy of clinical diagnosis. Most DVT is unexplainable and usually resolves spontaneously without complications. Current information available (prone to... [continues]
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