How Do I Prevent Blood Clots?

How Do I Prevent Blood Clots?

[MUSIC] I got sick at 25 and my birthday
was the following week and I honestly didn’t know if
I would make it to 26.>>Blood clots don’t respect
age, sex, race, ethnicity.>>One minute I was actually
fine, laughing, joking, having a good time. The next minute, my breathing
had changed dramatically.>>This is getting bad. I don’t wanna die in my sleep or
something like that.>>The scariest part
really is the unknown.>>It could’ve been very
catastrophic for me. [MUSIC]>>We know that when you
are involved in your care, when you actively participate,
it’s more rewarding for you, you have a better experience,
and most importantly,
you have better outcomes. And we need you to be involved. And one important area for you to be involved with is
the prevention of blood clots. Blood clots are one of
the major causes of preventable harm in health care. Indeed we think about 100,000
people die from these every year and with the right therapies,
they’re largely preventable.>>My blood clot was
actually a result of having surgery following
the hip fracture. And the way it was described to
me is because the hip fracture, it’s such a large bone and
whenever you have a large bone fracture and
surgery you’re at risk for developing a deep
vein thrombosis.>>I was out doing
some yard work and I noticed I was having
more shortness of breath. I mean given my history
of being pretty healthy, it was really easy for me to
just say it’s nothing serious. It’s a typical guy thing. I hurt like hell all
over my neck, shoulders, back, and chest, and
as I tried to breathe, it felt like something sharp
was being stuck into my lungs.>>My friends and I were travelling to
Southeast Asia for a month. Toward the end of the trip, I
started to feel all of a sudden, a swelling and a pain in my leg.>>All of a sudden, I began
to labor with my breathing. It was very difficult for
me to breathe and I couldn’t understand
what was wrong with me. Little did I know that
it was the onset of blood clots that had travelled
from my legs up to my lungs.>>Deep vein thrombosis is
a blood clot in the leg and thrombosis is a clot. And what can happen is that clot
can break off from the vein in the leg, travel through the body
to the lung and when it does that, that’s what’s called
a pulmonary embolism or a PE.>>It’s deadly in
about 10% of cases. And so it’s very important to
prevent that blood clot from developing in the legs so that pulmonary embolism
cannot happen.>>I developed a blood
clot from my ankle all the way nearly
up to my heart. One long,
four foot long blood clot. I also learned that I had
multiple blood clots in both lungs and that it was pretty much
a miracle that I had survived.>>They had done some more
tests, they did blood work. And the blood work showed that
my D-Dimer level was elevated.>>Though there are many
different tests we can order as physicians to help determine
if you have a blood clot. Sometimes we’ll do a blood
test called a D-Dimer, which can help tell if you have
a blood clot in your body. If we think you have a blood
clot in your leg, we will likely order a duplex ultrasound
and watch the blood flow and make sure we can see
the blood flowing normally. If we’re worried that you
have a pulmonary embolism or a blood clot in the lung, we will most likely order
a CAT scan of the chest. And we can actually look at the
blood vessels within the lung and see if there’s a clot
in one of those vessels.>>When I was finally diagnosed
with a clot, the first step is to use what’s called
low molecular weight heparin. The drug name is Lovenox. I stayed on Lovenox for
about two and a half weeks even after I
got out of the hospital.>>Blood clot was
very severe and I didn’t get the treatment
that was necessary to really destroy that entire four
foot long blood clot. And I wish that I knew
then what I know today so I could have immediately sought
the necessary treatment. I could have actually avoided
the entire experience.>>The reason everybody
in the hospital is at risk of getting a blood clot is
because it means you’re sick. You’ve got some problem
going on that leads you to being in the hospital and
there are so many things that are associated
with getting blood clots. So surgery is a well
known risk factor. Trauma, orthopedic surgery,
hip and knee replacement for example are one of
the highest risk factors. But also anybody with heart
disease, lung disease, pregnancy or women who are in postpartum,
just having had babies. All these things put you at
significant elevated risk for deep vein thrombosis and
pulmonary embolism.>>I was in a hospital for
radical and bladder repair. I left the hospital and
I went home. A few days later, I discovered I was having
some pain in my right side. The pain progressed
as the day went on. So I left and
I went to the emergency room, and that’s when they
discovered that I had a blood clot in my
right lower lung.>>Many patients when they
are admitted to the hospital at are a really high risk of
developing a clot in their leg. And that could eventually loosen
and go into your lungs and cause you to have serious
complications, even death.>>Some patients are high
risk than others. And our job as physicians is to
figure out what your risk is and suggest to you what the best
medications or other prevention treatments we have
to help prevent blood clots are.>>The prefered technique is to
use drugs that thin the blood that prevent blood
clots from forming and generally we administer these
with a needle under the skin.>>Take it the way the
physicians and the nurses and pharmacists advise. Because it’s all that’s standing
between you and a coffin.>>There are also
mechanical devices, some compression stockings,
that squeeze your legs. And those might be right for
many patients as well.>>The squeezy boots, those mechanical devices
to prevent blood from collecting in the legs
>>Keep them on and if they get up and
go to the bathroom, when they get back into bed,
put the devices back out or actually call the nurse
to put them back on.>>When you go for a walk around
the ward, that is excellent. We encourage as much
ambulation as possible. But that’s not enough when
you’re in the hospital. We want you wearing
these at all times to help prevent those clots.>>I made sure every time
I was laying down that, I had not only
the compression socks on but the compression boot cuz, I
understood the importance of it.>>And I did what they
told me to do, I never argued with them or tried to
be more doctor than they were.>>Though often
both physicians and nurses will offer different
literature to you.>>We have this one page
fast facts we call it that you can read
through if you’d like or I can go over some
of that with you. You might even wanna share this
with your family, so that they understand why you are getting
these injections every day, why you are in the hospital.>>After I left the hospital,
I had the Lovenox injections, that I had to take for a week.>>When I first realize that
I had to give myself Lovenox injections. That was a little bit nerve
racking for me because, I don’t like needles. But after I practised with
the nurse in the hospital, I was able to give
myself self injections.>>I’m one of those
kinds of people that I don’t like to take medicine
unless I absolutely have to. And the fact that I
have to be on this for the rest of my life doesn’t
bother me nearly as much when I weigh the risks of
getting another blood clot.>>There is a message of hope
there because, I was stubborn and doctors told me, I would
never be able to run again, but I went to the gym everyday. I started running and I actually run the New York
city marathon three months ago. Two years after that blood clot, two years after I
was in a wheelchair. I think there are a few
things you can do to avoid getting a blood clot.>>Be as involved in
your care as you can. This is your body.>>Put those compression
stockings on, put those compression boots on. Take your injections.>>I think it would
be a terrible, terrible shame to not
do as your doctor says. To not take the medicine as
you’ve been told to take. Because for such a small price
you can avoid months and years and a lifetime of pain and
hardship.>>Blood clots kill
100,000 patients per year. And if you think about it,
that’s more than AIDS, breast cancer, and motor vehicle
collisions all combined. It’s a huge problem in America.>>I have heard about so many people after my situation
who weren’t as fortunate and who died from clotting
almost immediately. I was very fortunate, and I feel fortunate every
day that I’m here.>>So you’ve heard
a lot of information. What we want you to leave with
is the understanding that, when we work together, you’re
going to have better out comes. And to prevent blood clots,
the main things you need to do are make sure that you’re
screened to determine your risk for blood clots and
that everyday you receive the right therapies
to prevent those blood clots. Together, we can help insure you have the best care possible. [MUSIC]

17 Replies to “How Do I Prevent Blood Clots?”

  1. What a weird video. Lots of "do what the doctor tells you to do"…..but if my doctor told me that the birth control pill was very safe and I got a clot, what then? No mention of 2 major causes of blood clots, birth control pills and HRT…too controversial perhaps?

  2. Hi everyone……….. I'm 37 yrs old and I have been diagnose with DVT. The clot is currently in my left leg. It has been a year now and the pain now in days is getting worst as time passes by. Besides medicine how do you deal with this? Can somebody help me?

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  6. Good video but the hard sell on medicine is hard to swallow. If you stay active and seek treatment when there is pain it’s a better way to live

  7. Oh how I miss American hospitals! I was taken to an er via ambulance. No pulse in foot and idiots in er ignored my no foot pulse. The resident said "oh I feel a pulse" but then said ",but I just cut my finger hehe." After much synthetic morphine they made me walk to prove they could send me home with crutches and more narcotics. The nurse was so rude forcing me to walk getting angry at me because she assumed I was faking it. She left me begging in tears on the floor. Horrendous experirnce. I went to another hospital. They found four clots in my leg, several in my pelvis, and in my stomach aorta. I was at home unable to walk for over a day before going to other hospital. I have had excellent doctors in USA. I absolutely abhor doctors in the hellhole I am currently wanting to vacate. The funny thing is I thought I had clot because I had pain in calf and thigh a few days before, but I never went to ER because the medical establishment where I am are mostly incompetent and negligent morons. I knew they would laugh me out the door. Just as they did with many clots unable to walk. They couldn't find mine in veins so assumed I was faking because they were in my artery in leg. CT scan showed the seriousness and was rushed into surgery. I have protien s deficiency and auto immune they refuse to treat it take care of as well.. ugh I wish I had enough resources to move back to USA where I had access to real doctors and hospitals.

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  10. Am a DVT and pulmonary embolism affected person. Am in anticoagulant medication.. after hospitalisation I started feeling that my foot became so soft and feeling like walking by bone..

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