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Deep Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month

March is Deep Vein Thrombosis awareness month. DVT is a potentially fatal condition that can easily be treated right here in East Texas.

DVT is the development of a blood clot in large veins of your legs, pelvis, or arms. If the blood clot goes untreated, it can result into a pulmonary embolism... a life threatening condition.

Doctors say symptoms include, leg tenderness, swelling and can even feel like a leg cramp. One East Texan had an ultra sound of his leg and doctors were able to treat him.

"I thought it was a pulled muscle but it turned out it was a lot more serious than that. If I had responded quick they could have put my on blood thinner and I wouldn't of have gone as far as it did. I'll know next time, I hope their is not a next time," says Jerry Burson, has Deep Vein Thrombosis.

"People that are at risk are people who have trauma, major surgery, prolonged immobilization, heart failure things of that nature," says Dr. Gregory Johnson, Tyler Inpatient Management Specialists.

Dr. Johnson says DVT is easily treated by daily injections for up to 5 days. Then oral medications for 3 to 6 months.

Karolyn Davis, reporting. kdavis@kltv.com

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