A woman’s risk for deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism varies with hormonal exposure, which makes pregnancy, use of hormone replacement therapy or birth control products important risk factors. According to the Vascular Disease Foundation, DVT and PE are the most common causes of maternal-related deaths.
If you’re pregnant, you can take precautions to prevent clots. The American Society of Hematology recommends the following:
- Be aware of risk factors.
- Know your family history.
- Make sure your doctor knows about any history of blood clots or blood clotting disorders in your family.
- Remain active, with your doctor’s approval.
- Be aware of the signs and symptoms of a blood clot. Visit your doctor immediately if you think you have one.
Common signs of DVT:
- Sudden leg swelling or pain
- Significant calf swelling that does not improve
- Redness or discoloration
- Skin that is warm to the touch
Common signs of PE:
- Sudden and severe shortness of breath
- Heart pain or palpitations
- Collapsing or feeling faint
- Coughing up blood
Take the next step:
- If you plan to travel and have concerns about your risks of getting a blood clot, be sure to talk with your doctor or healthcare professional.
- To schedule an appointment to discuss your need for venous care, call 888-287-1082 or email CVCCallCtr@med.umich.edu.
The University of Michigan Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center is the top-ranked heart and heart surgery program among Michigan hospitals. To learn more, visit our website at umcvc.org.