DVT Facts & Fiction

Test your knowledge and understand what is fact and what is fiction when it comes to DVT.

Fiction. Even if you are otherwise healthy, certain risk factors increase your chances of having a DVT. In fact, almost anyone can have one—young or old, active or not.

Fiction. It’s true that women who are pregnant, recently gave birth, or are taking birth control pills or hormones are at greater risk, but it is men who have an overall higher risk of getting a DVT, especially after age 50.

Fact. There are two main types of blood clots—those that occur in veins and those that occur in arteries. Clots affect the body differently, depending on which type they are and where they occur. A DVT occurs in deep veins like those in the legs. This type of clot does not cause stroke or heart attack. However, a DVT can lead to a pulmonary embolism (PE), which can be life threatening.

Fiction. As many as half of people who get a DVT don’t experience any symptoms. However, it’s still important to recognize what the symptoms are and see your healthcare professional immediately to begin treatment. Untreated DVTs can break off and travel to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism (PE).

Fiction. Even if you’ve already been prescribed medication to treat a DVT, you can always learn about the different options and talk to your healthcare professional about whether or not XARELTO® may be right for you.