2009 12/03

DVT Awareness

Months ago I started my long, and some times frustrating, journey to losing 30 pounds by the time I turn 30. Time is quickly ticking away and that 30th birthday is quickly approaching. I really need to kick it into gear!! But that is not what this post is about.

When I set-out to lose my pregnancy weight it wasn’t in an effort to particularly be skinny. It was more so an effort to be healthy. Yes, looking good in that bathing suit would be nice, but being healthy is more important to me. Being healthy is directly linked to my happiness. A healthy mom = a happy mom!

There are so many risks and dangers to being overweight. So many more than I would have ever imagined. One of these risks is Deep Vein Thrombosis. This is a very serious medical condition that can occur in almost anyone and being overweight certainly increases your risks!

DVT occurs in more than 2 million Americans every year! Complications from DVT kill more people each year in the U.S. than breast cancer and AIDS combined! And, for you women out there who are pregnant, you have six times greater risk at developing VTE. That is very scary to me!

Thankfully can be prevented and treated if caught in time. The best way to prevent DVT from happening to yourself or a loved one is through awareness. This is National DVT Awareness Month! The Coalition to Prevent Deep-Vein Thrombosis and it National Patient Spokesperson, Melanie Bloom, are committed to educating the public about the dangers of DVT. You may remember Melanie Bloom as she is the widow of NBC news correspondent David Bloom who died in Iraq due to complications of DVT.

The Coalition is bringing awareness to the streets through the mobile campaign called Driving to Reduce the Risks of DVT. This mobile campaign will roll out to 14 cities across the US to bring awareness to hospitals and communities, promoting the importance of having healthcare professionals assess patients for their risk of developing DVT.

You can learn more about DVT, signs and symptoms, risk factors, and the Coalition at www.preventdvt.org. If you think you might be at risk for DVT schedule an appointment to talk to your doctor today! In the mean time, you can take the DVT Risk Assessor. You can even print the results and take them in to discuss them with your doctor!

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