Lawmakers in Minnesota recognized May 12th as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
awareness day on Capitol Hill (in Minnesota). As many advocates of DVT
awareness will tell you, education and information are vital to vein health
and preventing death and serious problems associated with DVT.
NBC News affiliate in Minnesota reported, "Deep-vein thrombosis or DVT is a
disease where a blood clot forms usually in the large veins of the legs or
pelvic area. DVT can become deadly when a the blood clot breaks off and
travels to the lungs causing a pulmonary embolism, according to a report
cited by the Coalition to Prevent Deep-vein Thrombosis."
Over 300,000 people each year are said to die from DVT-related causes. This
is because simple issues like dehydration and long-haul flights stifle blood
flow through the veins and can promote DVT-like clots.