Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Myths vs Facts!
Myth #1: I have never heard of DVT so they can’t be that serious.
Fact #1: DVT is serious, complications kill more people each year than breast cancer, motor vehicle accidents, and HIV combined.
Myth #2: The chances of me getting a DVT are pretty low.
Fact #2: As many as 900,000 people are affected by DVT each year in the US alone. It can strike anyone! Higher risk after surgery, cancer or lung disease, birth control pills, or family history of DVT.
Myth #3: I’m in great physical shape, I don’t need to worry about a DVT.
Fact #3: Almost anyone can be affected by DVT, young or old, couch potato or athlete.
Myth #4: Birth control medications will give me a DVT
Fact #4: There is an increased risk of blood clot while taking oral contraceptives but the majority of women taking these pills will have no complications.
Myth #5: Women are at greater risk for DVT.
Fact #5: Women have increased risk for blood clots while pregnant or on oral contraceptives. However, overall men have higher incidence of DVT.