Listen to “These Symptoms Could Mean Something Serious, So This Is No Time To Wait” on Spreaker.
Many people may think that leg swelling, pain, tenderness or redness of the skin are seemingly minor symptoms, but they could point to a potentially serious condition such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can lead to a pulmonary embolism (PE).1 Some PE symptoms may include difficulty breathing, chest pain or discomfort, faster than normal or irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, light-headedness or fainting.1,2
According to CDC data from 2010, DVT and PE affects as many as 900,000 Americans each year.3 Further, PE could be deadly.1,3 No Time to Wait has launched in part to raise awareness about symptoms of DVT and PE and encourage those experiencing these symptoms to not delay speaking with a healthcare provider. Symptoms can be representative of many conditions, and only a healthcare provider can determine whether these symptoms indicate DVT/PE or another condition.
DVT is a blood clot in a deep vein, usually in the leg, thigh, or pelvis and can also occur in the arm.1,4 A PE is a blood clot in the lungs and is the most serious condition that can be caused by DVT.1 This happens when a DVT clot, or part of it, breaks off and travels through the bloodstream to the lungs, reducing or cutting off blood supply. 1,4 PE can cause sudden death in about 25% of cases.3
It’s important for those experiencing symptoms that could be due to DVT or PE to talk to a healthcare provider right away by phone, online or in person. Seeking medical attention early may help reduce the chances of DVT or PE becoming more serious. In addition to speaking with a healthcare provider, individuals are encouraged to visit www.NoTimetoWait.com/dvt-pe-explained, where they can find additional information.
Dr. Jenice Baker, Assistant Medical Director of the Emergency Department and Attending Physician at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden NJ, will be available to discuss the No Time to Wait campaign and help educate viewers about DVT and PE symptoms and why it’s critical for those experiencing symptoms that could be due to DVT or PE to consult a healthcare provider.
Interview is courtesy: BMS-Pfizer Alliance
1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). What is Venous Thromboembolism? https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/dvt/facts.html.
Accessed April 5, 2021.
2 Johns Hopkins Medicine. Pulmonary Embolism. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/pulmonary-embolism. Accessed April 5, 2021.
3 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Data and Statistics on Venous Thromboembolism. https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/dvt/data.html. Accessed April 5, 2021.
4 American Heart Association. What is Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)? https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/venous– thromboembolism/what-is-venous- thromboembolism-vte. Accessed April 5, 2021
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