Newsletter: Issue #1 – Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Month

Posted: August 7, 2012 | Revised: August 31, 2018

March is Deep Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month

Deep Vein Thrombosis, or DVT, is an abnormal blood clot that forms in the deeper network of veins. These clots most often occur in the legs. DVT affects about 300,000 to 600,000 Americans each year and can be life threatening if the clot breaks off and moves to the lungs; a condition known as a pulmonary embolism.

The risk factors for DVT include:

  • recent major surgery or injury
  • personal history of a clotting disorder or a previous DVT
  • pregnancy and the first six weeks following delivery
  • family history
  • extended bed rest
  • obesity
  • smoking
  • prolonged sitting, such as on airline flights longer that six to eight hours

Signs & Symptoms of DVT:

  • recent swelling of the limb
  • unexplained pain or tenderness
  • skin that may be warm to the touch
  • redness of the skin

To prevent DVT

  • exercise regularly
  • maintain a healthy weight
  • don’t smoke
  • exercise your legs frequently when sitting for long periods of time
  • wear compression stockings when traveling

If you experience any of the signs of DVT, seek medical attention immediately. Learn more about Deep Vein Thrombosis.

Part of Our Community

We take pride in our ability to reach out and affect the lives of those around us. Click here to learn more about our community involvement.Indiana Vein Specialists® believes supporting our community and its non-profit organizations is an important part of what we do. Here are just a few of the organizations and events we have been or will be involved with in the coming months. We hope you’ll say hello when you see us out in the community.

Dr. Schoonover Speaks to Indy Runners Dr. Schoonover recently conducted a seminar for Indy Runners at Butler University. Read about the Athletics Seminar.
Dr. Schoonover On Wish-TVHave you seen Dr. Schoonover on WISH-TV’s Indy Style program? Read about the Vein Facts Interview.
Flat Stanley Visits Our Office!Recently Flat Stanley visited Dr. Schoonover & the team.Read about Flat Stanley’s Visit.