An extended hospital stay can be stressful, and even if you're preparing to leave, you may still be at risk for dangerous blood clots, called deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE). This is why your doctor is prescribing XARELTO®, a blood thinner that helps reduce your risk of developing a DVT or PE while in the hospital and after discharge.
Blood Clot Risk During and After a Hospital Stay
When you are in the hospital, limited movement and other risk factors can mean your blood flow is slower than normal, which increases the chance that a DVT or PE blood clot will form. What's more, some illnesses can increase your risk up to 10 times:
- Stroke (particularly ischemic stroke)
- Heart failure
The risk for DVT and PE blood clots doesn’t always go away once your hospital stay is over. In fact, the risk for developing a DVT or PE is especially high during the first weeks after being discharged from the hospital.
How common are DVT and PE blood clots after hospitalization?
- Each year, more than 7 million Americans are at risk for experiencing DVT or PE blood clots that are related to a hospital stay
- About half of all DVT and PE blood clots are related to being hospitalized, and about 50% of these blood clots occur within the first 3 months of being discharged*
- According to a study, 86% of people who developed a DVT or PE within 3 months after discharge ended up back in the hospital†
*According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
†Study conducted from 2005 to 2010.
What is a DVT?
A deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is a blood clot that occurs in a vein, often when blood flow slows down. For example, if you have had to spend a long time in bed because you are currently or were recently hospitalized, your blood flow can slow down enough to form a clot.
How does a DVT blood clot form?
Watch this short video to see how a DVT forms and the symptoms it can cause.
What is a PE?
A pulmonary embolism, or PE, is a potentially life-threatening event which happens when a DVT blood clot breaks off and travels through the bloodstream to the lungs.
How does a blood clot become a PE?
Watch a short video to see how a DVT blood clot can cause a PE, and the symptoms to look out for.
Symptoms of a PE
- Unexplained shortness of breath
- Rapid breathing
- Chest pain that may worsen with coughing or deep breathing
- Coughing or coughing up blood
- A rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Feeling lightheaded or passing out