If a clot blocks a blood vessel, this thrombus can get into the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism there. Thromboses, which lead to pulmonary embolisms, cause approximately 40,000 to 100,000 deaths per year.1 This is more than the deaths from traffic accidents, prostate cancer and breast cancer combined. Find out now which symptoms should make you suspect thrombosis.
What is thrombosis?
The term "thrombosis" comes from the Greek and means "blood clotting". In a thrombosis, a blood clot (= thrombus) attaches to the inside of the vessel wall. This can lead to partial or complete closure of the vessel, for example in a deep leg vein. See a doctor immediately if you notice any of the following symptoms: Pain, swelling and tightness in the leg as well as red-bluish discolouration of the skin are all signs of possible deep vein thrombosis.
Thrombosis in the leg – risk factors and therapy
Generally speaking, the risk of developing leg vein thrombosis increases with, for example, increasing age, in smokers, in overweight and immobile persons, as well as after surgery, in pregnancy and in the puerperium. If you experience any of the mentioned symptoms, contact a doctor as soon as possible. Deep vein thrombosis requires medical attention. But how can you recognise leg vein thrombosis and what therapeutic measures do you take to treat it?
Do you travel and sit a lot? Are you pregnant? If so, you are at increased risk of thrombosis. There are various ways of preventing thrombosis, for example with travel stockings or medical compression stockings. Find out what you can do to reduce your risk of thrombosis. Certain measures and medications for thrombosis prophylaxis in hospitals are also available for immobile patients.
Experienced thrombosis at 18: Was the pill the trigger?
Ilka John was 18 years old when she developed thrombosis: The pain migrated from the back through the groin into the leg, which turned dark red and swelled. She survived the thrombosis. Since then, Ilka John has been wearing medical compression stockings every day. Today, she gives us an insight into the course of her condition and rehabilitation. Let us take you along on your path to more self-confidence with compression.
Depending on the risk factor and the patient’s individual needs (or the needs of people with healthy veins), medi offers various options for thrombosis prevention and follow-up treatment with compression stockings: when travelling, in hospitals, for vascular patients and for pregnant women. Find out here.