In fact, up to 60 percent of VTE clots strike patients when they are in the hospital or soon after discharge.
Hospitalization, whether admitted for surgery, illness or other medical reasons, is a leading risk factor for VTE.
Patients should understand what a blood clot can look or feel like so they can be their best advocate:
- In the legs: pain/tenderness often starting in the calf; swelling including the ankle or foot; redness, noticeable changes in color and/or warmth in the leg.
- In the lungs: unexplained shortness of breath or rapid breathing; chest pain (sometimes worse upon a deep breath); rapid heart rate; and/or light headedness or passing out.
Listen in as Nigel Key, MD, shares the important information you need to know about staying in the hospital and your VTE risk.