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By the Numbers:
Source: American Heart Association

2 million Americans suffer from deep vein thrombosis each year
600,000 develop pulmonary embolism
60,000 die from the condition - most of those who die, do so within 30 to 60 minutes after initial symptoms
30 % mortality rate when pulmonary embolism is untreated
2-8 % mortality rate with treatment

About Blood Clots, Deep Vein Thrombosis, & Pulmonary Embolism:
Source:  DVT.net

  • The main reason blood clots form is to help heal the body after an injury. Clots are what stop the bleeding when you cut yourself. In most situations, blood clots are a natural part of the healing process. They enable the injured tissue to begin to repair itself without excessive blood loss. In the case of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), however, the body signals the clotting process to occur unnecessarily at the wrong time and in the wrong place.

  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) (often referred to as Economy Class Syndrome) is a condition in which a blood clot forms inside a deep vein, commonly located in the calf or thigh. DVT occurs when the blood clot either partially blocks or completely blocks the flow of blood in the vein.

  • Complications from DVT kill up to 200,000 people a year in the U.S. – that’s more than AIDS and breast cancer combined.

  • The MOST threatening complication of DVT is the development of Pulmonary Embolism (PE). A pulmonary embolism occurs when a blood clot breaks loose from the wall of a vein and travels to the lungs, blocking the pulmonary artery or one of its branches. This blocks the blood flow from the heart. Obstruction of a large pulmonary artery by one or more of these migrating clots (emboli) may be life threatening.

What Are the Warning Signals of PE?
Source:  American Heart Association

  • Unexplained shortness of breath (the most common symptom of PE)

  • Chest discomfort, usually worse with a deep breath or coughing

  • A general sense of anxiety or nervousness

  • Lightheadedness or fainting

  • Very low blood pressure

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