About Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Deep Vein Thrombosis, also known as DVT, is a blood clot (or thrombus), in a deep vein, typically in the thigh or calf. A blood clot can develop as a result of surgery, medication, trauma, disease or lack of activity, caused by excessive sitting or being confirmed to bed rest. If part of the thrombus breaks off, it becomes an embolism. An embolism travels until it becomes stuck in a smaller vein or artery which constricts normal blood flow resulting in surrounding cell death and possibly fatality (pulmonary embolism). Nearly two million people in the United States are diagnosed with DVT each year.
Deep Vein Thrombosis Prevalence
DVT prevalence is much higher than the average person may believe.
- More than 50% of all hospitalized patients are at risk of DVT
- More people die from blood clotting complications annually than breast cancer, HIV, AIDS and road traffic accidents combined
- Venous thromboembolisum (VTE) is the second most common medical complication in acute care
- 10% of patients with high bleeding risk who are not anti-coagulated, could have been offered safe protection against DVT with the Venowave VW5 or other mechanical prophylaxis device.
Risk Factors for Developing Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Prolonged sitting
- Surgery (Neurosurgery, orthopaedic, Gynaecological and gastrointestinal surgeries)
- Injury to the leg (with or without surgery/casting)
- Airplane flights (>4hrs)
- Medications (estrogen)
How the Venowave Can Help
The Venowave is a medical device that has been statistically proven to prevent a DVT from occurring, in at risk patients. Traditionally, compression stockings and anti-coagulants (blood thinners) have been the gold standard in DVT prevention until today. The Venowave can be used alone or in conjunction with blood thinners and/or compression stockings. The Venowave is applied to the back of the calf and mimics the body’s venous system preventing blood from remaining still and clotting. The Venowave is unique because it is lightweight (270g, about half a pound), discreet and allows patients to remain completely mobile. There are no wires, tubes or sleeves. The Venowave can be used in hospital or during homecare after discharge from the hospital.
The Venowave is Useful For
- Prevention of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and venous thromboembolism (VTE)
- Prevention of primary thrombosis
- Diminishing post-operative pain and swelling
- Enhancing circulation