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A Major Risk Factor for Dangerous Blood Clots

Roughly 1 out of 10
hospital deaths are
related to blood
clots in the lungs.

Blood clots are a
leading cause of
preventable hospital
death in the United States.

Prevent the Need for 911. Get the Facts on Blood Clots.

About half of all blood clots occur during or within 3 months of a hospital stay or surgery

Many of these blood clots can be safely prevented

Nearly half of all hospital patients do not receive proper prevention measures

Know Your Risk: The Link Between Hospitalization and Blood Clots

Hospitalization, particularly involving physical trauma, surgery,
or prolonged immobility, increases the risk for blood clots.

Physical Trauma
Injury to a vein that may be caused
by a broken bone, muscle injury, or
other serious injury to the body.

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Major surgery, particularly
of the pelvis, abdomen, hip,
or knee.

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Confined to a bed or wheelchair for
long periods of time due to a
hospital stay, injury, or illness.

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Understanding Blood Clots

Human arm and human leg

A blood clot in one of the large veins, usually in a person’s leg or arm,
is called a deep vein thrombosis or DVT. When a DVT forms, it can partially or
completely block the flow of blood through the vein.

If a DVT is not treated,
it can move or break off
and travel to the lungs.

A blood clot in the lungs is called a pulmonary embolism or PE.
This requires immediate medical attention since it can cause death.

Human lung

Going to the Hospital? Get Better. Don’t Get a Blood Clot.
Have a Prevention Plan.

Before You Enter the Hospital

  • Discuss your potential risk factors
    and family health history with
    your doctor.
  • Ask if you will need prevention
    measures for blood clots while in
    the hospital.
  • Make sure that all of your doctors
    know your blood clot risks and
    ask for a prevention plan.

Before You Leave the Hospital

  • Ask your doctor how to prevent
    blood clots when you are at home.
  • Discuss the signs and symptoms of
    blood clots.
  • Make sure you know what to do
    if you experience the signs or
    symptoms of a blood clot.

When You Return Home

  • Follow instructions and take
    medications as prescribed.
  • Move around. If confined to bed or a
    wheelchair, have someone help you
    move your arms and legs.
  • Notify your doctor if you experience
    signs or symptoms of blood clots.

If you experience any of the following signs or symptoms…


Blood Clots in Your Legs or Arms

Alert your doctor as soon as you can.

– Swelling of your legs or arms –
– Pain or tenderness not caused by an injury –
– Skin that is warm to the touch –
– Redness or discoloration of the skin –


Blood Clots in Your Lungs

Seek medical attention immediately.

–Difficulty breathing –
– Chest pain that worsens with a deep breath –
– Coughing, or coughing up blood –
– Faster than normal or irregular heartbeat –

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