Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)


You may (or may not) have heard of them before, but after a patient of mine in the ER recently was diagnosed with one of these, I thought it would be worth sharing.

A Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or “Blood Clot” can be the result of many things. This particular post is geared towards common causes and ways to prevent a DVT. While treatable, a DVT can lead to very serious complications including a Pulmonary Embolism (PE) blood clot in the lungs.

The story goes, this 50 year old male recently went on vacation to the Bahamas. A week long cruise that began with a cross country flight, followed by 7 days of bliss, culminating in another cross country flight back to California.

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High Blood Pressure…now what?

If you’re like millions of Americans, chances are you’ve seen those numbers light up the blood pressure screen and thought “hmm…that’s higher than normal.” Many times this can be attributed to outside factors such as pain or the dreaded “white coat syndrome.” However, High blood pressure, also known as the “silent killer” has reared its head here in the US for many years now. There are goblets of medication taken daily to help correct it. But what if there was a better way than jumping straight to medication? Fortunately, there is!

The last thing anyone wants to do is take medication for the rest of their life. Read on to see what 5 simple changes you can make today that will have a direct impact on your blood pressure. Let’s avoid those pills if we can!

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