March 26, 2014 - Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which threatens the well-being of about 500,000 Americans each year, brings with it the risk of post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS), an under-recognized but serious complication that often causes long-term disability.
The Society of Interventional Radiology’s (SIR) Annual Scientific Meeting is featuring new research on DVT during its scientific sessions in SIR’s 39th Annual Scientific Meeting, March 22-27, 2014, in San Diego. During March’s DVT Awareness Month, the Society of Interventional Radiology wants to help patients and family members to better understand the long-term risks of DVT.
DVT, the formation of a blood clot in a deep leg vein, is a grave condition for which doctors have historically focused on its short-term risks. For years, if someone developed deep vein thrombosis, his or her care was focused on reducing immediate harm using blood-thinning drugs; however, the prevention of post-thrombotic syndrome, which is actually the primary determinant of a DVT patient’s long-term quality of life, had been neglected. The evidence is mounting that interventional radiologists may soon transform the way DVT is treated to improve patients’ quality of life and prevent the debilitating consequences of post-thrombotic syndrome.
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