May 2014: A Downloadable Slideshow on Risk Factors, Signs, and Symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Deep Vein ThrombosisBlood clots can be a serious health condition and everyone can find themselves at risk at some point in life. It is important to recognize the signs, symptoms, and risk factors for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and a complication of DVT called a pulmonary embolism (PE).  DVT is a condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in one of the deep veins of the body, and a PE occurs when part of the blood clot breaks off and travels through the lung, blocking blood that flows through an artery.  A PE can be fatal.

Although anyone can develop DVT and PE, factors such as immobility, cancer and surgery may increase your risk for developing a blood clot.

To help increase awareness of DVT and PE, the Division of Blood Disorders, CDC, developed a downloadable slideshow, called a widget.   This narrated slideshow describes the risk factors for these conditions, signs and symptoms, and tips for prevention.  You will also receive information on what to do if you suspect you have a blood clot.

A widget is a application that displays the featured content directly on your web page. You can embed content in personalized home pages, blogs, and other sites. Once you’ve added the widget, there’s no technical maintenance.  The content will be updated automatically through  To learn more, please visit

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