Thrombosis Myths debunked: 5 Things About DVT That People Believe But Aren’t True

When blood clots are formed in the veins, the condition is called deep vein thrombosis or DVT. There are several myths about this condition that needs to be busted.

Chanchal Sengar
Written by: Chanchal SengarPublished at: Oct 06, 2019
Thrombosis Myths debunked: 5 Things About DVT That People Believe But Aren’t True

Are you or any of your close ones dealing or dealt with Thrombosis or Deep vein thrombosis(DVT)? There are certain assumptions about this condition that people believe are completely untrue. For all those unaware of this disease, thrombosis is a blood clot in the veins of the body. These blood clots occur majorly in the lower body parts like leg, thighs. There are certain facts associated with this problem that are nothing but myths. Let’s bust them together here.

Myth: Healthy and physically-active people cannot get DVT.

Truth: Whether man or woman, young or old, healthy or obese, all are at risk of DVT. Athletes can also get thrombosis if they stay dehydrated for a long time. A physical injury or excessive traveling may also lead to the formation of clots in their bodies.

Myth: Thrombosis occurs rarely.

Truth: Thinking that blood clots are rare and therefore, Thrombosis is also rare is a big mistake. One out of four people in the world dies due to blood clots! Particularly, Deep vein thrombosis is a very critically under-diagnosed condition that forms blood clots in the veins. Shockingly, the number of deaths due to DVT is more than breast cancer, HIV and accidents altogether!

Thrombosis can happen to anyone irrespective of age or gender. It can lead to disability, long-term illness and death, in some cases.

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Myth: The risk of getting DVT is higher in women.

Truth: In contrary to the above statement, DVT is more prevalent in men. Only pregnant women have higher chances of getting DVT as pregnancy does lead to blood clots under some conditions.

Myth: Thrombosis is the most serious to ill and old-aged people.

Truth: It is somehow true that elderly people have higher chances of getting blood clots, this condition may get equally serious for the younger generation. Even after surviving this condition, they are highly likely to suffer long-term after-effects.

Myth: People with Thrombosis or DVT would suffer acute pain in their lower body especially thighs and legs.

Truth: The most common symptom of Thrombosis or DVT is swelling. It is true that this condition would cause severe pain in thighs and legs but this doesn’t mean that pain is the indication of DVT. Another common sign of DVT is pain around the pelvis area. If you feel pain in the lower back area, consider getting it diagnosed by a certified doctor.

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Myth: Consuming birth control pills would cause Thrombosis

Truth: Though it is right that oral contraceptives may trigger the formation of blood clots, it is not necessarily true. Contraceptive pills increase estrogen levels in the female body which might interrupt the blood circulation in her body. But not all women who take these pills get DVT. Only those who are aged 40 and above with an unhealthy lifestyle are at risk of getting DVT. Women who are taking contraceptives should maintain a healthy lifestyle to prevent DVT.

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