March is DVT awareness month and while we have written many posts on DVT awareness, this year we would like to take a different approach. Many of our customers and blog readers are not of child bearing age, but you do have children and even grandchildren that are and their welfare is very important to all of us.
Pulmonary Embolism (PE) is the leading cause of maternal mortality (death during or shortly after pregnancy) in the United States. A Pulmonary embolism is a blockage of the main artery of the lung or one of its branches by a substance that has traveled from else were in the body through the circulatory syslem. Usually this is due to blood clot from the deep veins in the legs, a process termed venous thromboembolism.
During pregnancy and up to six weeks after birth, the mother is at risk of venous thrombosis (blood clot). A Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that usually occurs in a deep vein and found most often in leg or pelvis. On the average, one to two women in every 1000 pregnancies will experience a blood clot.
For young pregnant women who develop a DVT, this may be the first sign of thrombophilia. Thrombophilia is a natural tendency to develop blood clots especially when other risk factors are involved. Many times there is a family history of blood clots and can be passed down through generations.
- Signs of blood clot:
- Pain in the leg or pelvis region
- Tenderness and swelling of the leg
- Discoloration of the leg (pale blue or reddish)
- Areas of the leg or pelvis region that feel warm to the touch
- Whole leg may swell
It is of utmost importance that any person who show the listed signs above seek immediate medical attention.
Although only a few women are affected by blood clots during pregnancy the problems that are created can last throughout their lives. Varicose veins are more common after a DVT. Most blood clots can be prevented by wearing compression stockings (support hose). These support hose help improve the blood flow, keep the swelling down and prevent the risk of problems in the future. Once an individual has experienced a blood clot, the likelihood of additional blood clots occurring is significantly increased. Support stockings should be worn to help prevent the occurrence and recurrence of blood clots.
We encourage you to see your physician regularly and wear your compression stockings daily for overall circulatory health.
If they have become easier to put on, it is time to replace them.
Shop at SupportHoseStore.com for the Best in Compression Garments
Or call us at 1-800-515-4271, and one of our Certified Fitters will be happy to help you.