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Are dangerous blood clots lurking in your legs?

U-M Cardiovascular Center hosts free screenings for people with varicose veins, a family history of deep vein thrombosis or unexplained leg pain

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Blood clots that form in the veins of the lower body strike more than a million people every year, most of them out of the blue.

In the legs and pelvis, the clots are called DVTs, short for deep-vein thrombosis. If they break off and travel to the lungs they’re called PEs, for pulmonary embolisms, and can be deadly.

The good news is they can be caught early before they become dangerous. The University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center’s Venous Disease Clinic will host a free screening March 18 for people with DVTs, or vein problems that might make them prone to DVTs.

Anyone who suspects they have vein-related problems can call (734) 232-4460 to sign up for an appointment to have an ultrasound examination of the legs, and speak to a doctor who specializes in vein health.

The screening is sponsored by the Diagnostic Vascular Unit and the U-M Section of Vascular Surgery.

Who’s at risk? This screening is for people who have varicose or spider veins, a family history of deep vein thrombosis, venous insufficiency or other related venous conditions, or whose legs hurt or swell at the end of the day.

When: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March 18

Where: In the third floor Diagnostic Vascular Unit of the U-M Cardiovascular Center at the corner of Ann and Observatory streets.

How to sign up
Call 734-232-4460 to schedule an appointment for the free screening.

Resources
U-M Cardiovascular Center’s Venous Clinic
http://www.med.umich.edu/cvc/services/site_venous/index.htm

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