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Media Contact: Tina Sheesley

Published on March 16, 2012

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Recognizes Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism Awareness Month

Rockville, MDShady Grove Adventist Hospital is helping community members become more aware of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE) by celebrating DVT and PE Awareness Month this March. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital has comprehensive vascular services, providing care to patients with a wide range of life-threatening vascular conditions, including DVT and PE.

It is estimated that DVT and PE affect between 300,000 to 600,000 Americans each year.

“We want to use the DVT and PE awareness month to help members of our community understand the risk factors of these health conditions as well as the symptoms,” said Debbie Truxillo, Director of Cardiac and Vascular Services at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.

DVT is a condition in which a blood clot is formed in a vein that is deep within the body. These clots can cause swelling, pain and most importantly can travel through the veins causing a blockage. A pulmonary embolism is a blockage that is formed when a clot travels to the lungs.

Symptoms of DVT include swelling; pain; tenderness; and redness of the skin. PE symptoms include difficulty breathing; a faster heart rate than normal; chest pain or discomfort, which usually worsens with a deep breath or coughing; coughing up blood; and in severe cases, very low blood pressure, lightheadedness, blacking out and even death.

“If left untreated, DVT and pulmonary embolism can lead to severe disability and even death, therefore it is important that people with symptoms of DVT or PE seek medical treatment,” said Jeffrey Wang, MD, Vascular Surgeon for Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. “PE’s and DVT require medications to break up the clots. More severe cases could require vascular intervention. At Shady Grove Adventist Hospital we offer innovative and expert treatments for people with DVT or PE, which allows us to efficiently provide patients with the necessary medical treatment.”

As part of its commitment to treating and supporting those with vascular conditions, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital has launched the area’s first PE and DVT support group. The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 27. The group provides a supportive environment for those facing these conditions and will include an educational component that offers the chance for patients and caregivers to ask questions to nurse-physician co-leaders. In addition, quarterly meetings will cover topics such as living with a DVT and/or PE diagnosis, treatment options, including new treatment protocols, prevention techniques and guest lectures by physicians, pharmacists, nutritionists and physical therapists.

“People that are diagnosed with DVT or PE often have concerns about not only their physical health but also their emotional well-being,” explained Truxillo. “At Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, we are addressing these concerns by offering DVT and PE support groups to help in the psychological and physical rehabilitation of people with PE and/or DVT.”

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital’s Vascular Laboratory holds accreditations by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL) for its noninvasive vascular testing the areas of carotid and venous ultrasound. In addition, the Cardiac and Vascular Interventional Laboratories have been nationally honored for excellence in care by the American Heart Association.

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute care facility in Rockville, Maryland, with 339 licensed beds. Shady Grove is committed to delivering excellent health care through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing. The hospital offers a broad range of health services and is recognized for excellence in emergency care; high-risk obstetrical and neonatal care; cardiac and vascular interventional care; oncology care; several surgical specialties; and a number of specialized services for children. The Shady Grove Adventist Emergency Center in Germantown provides emergency medical care to more than 35,000 residents each year. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital is part of Maryland-based Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health-care delivery system that is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland.

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