March is DVT Awareness Month!

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ByBriana

DVT, or Deep Vein Thrombosis, affects an estimated 350,000 – 600,000 Americans each year.  DVT is a condition where a blood clot forms within the deep veins of the leg.  These clots can block the flow of blood, which in turn can cause pain, swelling, and discoloration of the legs.  In more serious cases, DVT can cause a pulmonary embolism, in which the clot breaks loose and travels to the lungs where it can cause damage from lack of oxygen to the lungs and other organs.

You may be at risk for DVT if any of the following factors apply:

  • Major surgery
  • Recent trauma (fall, broken bone)
  • Family history of blood clots
  • Sit or stand for long periods of time
  • Overweight or obese
  • Pregnancy
  • Varicose veins
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Confined to a bed

To help prevent DVT, especially if you are at increased risk:

  • Stretch your legs and move them as often as possible
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Wear gradient compression socks or stockings
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes
  • See your doctor with questions or concerns

IN SUPPORT OF DVT AWARENESS MONTH, STOP BY LEHAN DRUGS ON SOUTH 4TH ST TO RECEIVE 10% OFF A SINGLE PAIR OR 20% OFF TWO OR MORE PAIRS OF COMPRESSION SOCKS DURING THE MONTH OF MARCH.  Insurance purchases excluded*

For more information on the benefits of compression stockings and the variety of styles and colors, check out our website at http://www.lehandrugs.com/home_medical/compression_stockings.html

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