American Society of Hematology

DVT: Myths vs. Facts

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Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that forms in a major vein of the leg or, less commonly, in the arms, pelvis, or other large veins in the body. In some cases, a clot in a vein may detach from its point of origin and travel through the heart to the lungs where it becomes wedged, preventing adequate blood flow. This is called a pulmonary embolism (PE) and it can be extremely dangerous.

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Card 1 - Myth
Card 2 - Myth
Card 3 - Myth
Card 4 - Myth
Card 5 - Myth
 

References

1. American Society of Hematology. Blood Clots. Accessed February 2015.

2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)/Pulmonary Embolism (PE) - Blood Clot Forming in a Vein. Accessed February 2015.

3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Blood Disorders. Accessed February 2015.

4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)/Pulmonary Embolism (PE) - Blood Clot Forming in a Vein. Accessed February 2015.

5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)/Pulmonary Embolism (PE) - Blood Clot Forming in a Vein. Accessed February 2015.

6. Grabowski, G., WK Whiteside, and M. Kanwisher. "Venous Thrombosis in Athletes." The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (2013). National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine.

7. Office of the Surgeon General (US); National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism. Accessed February 2015.

8. Office of the Surgeon General (US); National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism.  Accessed February 2015.

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