Arcadia, Calif. – Methodist Hospital announced today its support of DVT Awareness Month, joining a national effort to raise awareness of this serious, yet preventable condition and its potentially fatal complication, pulmonary embolism (PE).
“By heightening awareness of the risk factors and ensuring appropriate preventative measures are taken, we can reduce the incidence of this condition,” said Dr. David Ratto, Methodist Hospital chief of staff.
According to the American Heart Association, up to 2 million Americans are affected annually by DVT. PE causes approximately 300,000 deaths in the United States each year, more than AIDS and breast cancer combined. Yet, a national survey found that 60 percent of Americans have little or no awareness of DVT.
DVT occurs when a blood clot forms and partially or completely blocks blood flow inside a deep vein, typically located in the calf or thigh. If the blood clot breaks free and travels to the lungs – known as a pulmonary embolism (PE), it may obstruct the pulmonary artery or one of its branches, blocking blood flow to the heart.
“DVT Awareness Month provides an excellent opportunity for the general public and health care community to learn about this disease and how to reduce the risk of a DVT blood clot,” said Dr. Ratto. “We encourage both the public and health care professionals to be aware of all the risk factors associated with DVT, so that patients can be treated appropriately.
Methodist Hospital, founded in 1903, is a 460 bed, not-for-profit hospital serving the community. Services provided include comprehensive acute care such as medical, surgical, perinatal, pediatrics, oncology, intensive care (neonatal and adult), and complete cardiovascular services, including open heart surgery. Methodist Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. For more information please call (626) 898 – 8000 or visit www.methodisthospital.org.