Much of the focus on Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and blood clots focuses on the symptoms, and it is very important that people, particularly women, are aware of what to watch out for. But just as important as knowing the symptoms is knowing what lifestyle situations contribute to the risk of developing these debilitating diseases.
According to recent research, Deep Vein Thrombosis is on the rise in women, and if we look at potential underlying causes, we can see why. There are aspects of modern life that can contribute to developing this disease. Potential factors in the development of DVT include:
- Dehydration: it’s hard to drink enough water during a busy work day, and dehydration can thicken blood and increase the likelihood of developing clots and DVT
- Desk Jobs: sitting for long periods of time (like at a desk or on an airplane) can contribute to the development of the disease
- Birth Control: modern birth control can double or even quadruple the likelihood of developing blood clots and DVT, depending on the formulation
The more you know about DVT, the more you can do to prevent it. But no matter how hard you try, there is only so much you can do to limit your risk factors. You can’t quit your job or go off the pill just because of increased risks. Instead, you need to communicate with your doctor and make sure your physician is aware of these factors, particularly when it comes to medication interactions.
Unfortunately, even when you tell your doctor everything you should, many physicians fail to diagnose DVT nearly as quickly as they should. Thousands of women see doctors and present with textbook symptoms for DVT, only to be ignored. Sometimes, it seems like the doctor has already decided you are making up the symptoms, and ignores the clear signs of the disease.
If you have suffered because of a failure to diagnose Deep Vein Thrombosis or blood clots, it is important you contact an attorney. These diseases can cause disability and even death, and getting the medical care you need can be expensive. You owe to yourself to get a qualified lawyer, and you owe it to others, as doctors won’t feel pressure to properly diagnose these diseases until they are held accountable for failing to do so.