Clots or deep vein thrombosis (DVTs) can develop in the legs, or less commonly in the arms. These clots can travel to the lungs, becoming a potentially deadly pulmonary embolism (PE). DVTs are a significant public health problem, affecting about 100,000 Canadians and causing 10,000 deaths each year. Most people think inactivity is the biggest risk factor for DVT, when in fact it is surgery, cancer and hospitalization.
The C-L-O-T-S campaign from Thrombosis Canada highlights the most common symptoms that people with a blood clot may experience:
- Chest Pain
- Out of breath
- Leg Tenderness
- Leg Swelling
Please let your physician know if you experience any of these symptoms.