Deep Vein Thrombosis Quiz

Posted: Wednesday, March 11, 2015   |   Revised: February 26, 2016

March is the National Deep Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month.

To help spread the word about this silent and potentially life threating condition Michigan Vein Care Specialists have created this Deep Vein Thrombosis Quiz. Please take this quiz to test your own knowledge, and then pass it along to your friends and family so they may benefit as well.

What is Deep Vein Thrombosis? When a clot forms in the deep veins of the body, it is called deep vein thrombosis, often referred to as DVT for short. DVT occurs most commonly in the leg; although it can occur anywhere in the body, such as the veins in the arm, abdomen, or around the brain.

If you’re young, you don’t have to worry about DVT: True or False

False – It is true that as you age, the risk of DVT increases, but many patients are in their twenties and thirties.

There is nothing you can do to prevent DVT: True or False

False – Staying healthy, exercising, drinking lots of water, not smoking and wearing compression stockings when traveling long distances are a few ways that can help prevent DVT.

About half of people with DVT have no symptoms at all: True or False

True – There are often no symptoms for DVT and it is only diagnosed if a complication occurs, such as a Pulmonary Embolism. Some typical symptoms that can occur, though, are pain, tenderness, redness, swelling and skin that is warm to the touch.

The biggest indicator of DVT is swelling in the leg: True or False

True – There are many reasons to feel pain or tightness in the leg, but not as many for swelling. If you experience swelling and/or pain and suspect DVT, go to the emergency room.

DVT does not occur in the arms: True or False

False – DVT usually develops in a deep vein below the knee in the calf, but can also occur in the thigh, pelvis, and arms.

Extended bed rest puts you at risk of DVT: True or False

True – You should move around as soon as possible after having been confined to a bed, such as after surgery, illness, or injury.

About 30% of people who have had a DVT or a Pulmonary Embolism (PE) are at risk for another episode: True or False

True – DVT and PE can become a chronic illness for some people. In addition, one-third of people who have a DVT will have long-term complications such as swelling, pain, discoloration, and in severe cases, a person can become disabled.

Your likelihood of getting a blood clot is based on factors related to your health that you have no control over: True or False

False – You have control over a number of things that can cause DVT, such as obesity, smoking, taking birth control pills, and dehydration. Staying healthy and active will help to decrease the chances of getting a DVT.

300,000 to 600,000 Americans are affected by a DVT each year: True or False

True – DVT is a serious and under-diagnosed medical condition. Many other people may have a chronic or repeat blood clot or may have leg problems from a previous DVT.

Something as simple as getting up and walking around every 2 to 3 hours can help to prevent DVT: True or False

True – When sitting for long periods of time, or when traveling for more than four hours, you should get up and walk around. It also helps just to move your legs. You can exercise your legs while sitting by raising and lowering your toes while keeping your heels on the floor, and tightening and releasing your leg muscles.

Air travel increases the risk of developing a DVT: True or False

True – Even healthy people with no medical problems have an increased risk of developing a DVT while traveling by air. To reduce this risk, you should wear compression socks while flying, stay hydrated, and do leg exercises such as toe raises periodically throughout your flight.

If you or a loved one are suffering from leg swelling, have heavy tired legs, or visible varicose / spider veins, Schedule an Appointment Today!

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