Tuesday, December 17, 2013

How Is Deep Vein Thrombosis Connected With Oral Contraceptives?

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is one of the most dangerous conditions that can occur in the human body, due to the formation of a blood clot that may easily go undetected. It can develop without exhibiting any clinical signs. If you feel, you are developing blood clots inside your blood stream, for any reason, you should be aware of the meaning, causes and other essentials of a DVT and consult with a medical professional immediately. If you take oral contraceptives, it is in your interest to know that they can also lead to DVT and have a life altering impact.

DVT generally takes place in a lower leg or a thigh. In addition, it can also develop in the pelvis, lungs or head. It may cause pain and swelling in the affected area. Even though it takes place in a deep vein, in certain cases, it can break loose, and travel to vital body parts. If it travels to the lungs, and blocks the blood flow, it can lead to an even more treacherous condition known as Pulmonary Embolism (PE).

What kind of tests are there for DVT?
As mentioned before, a DVT may occur without warning. A doctor may examine a patient for a DVT if she presents symptoms of DVT or is a high risk for blood clots. You can also ask for a check-up, after which, he will recommend one of the following tests:

  • Ultrasound
  • D-dimer test
  • Venogram
  • MRI
  • CT scan

Who should consider getting tested for DVT?
Consumption of birth control pills can lead to blood clots and by extension, to a DVT. While certain pills are relatively safer, others like Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella use a new age hormone known as drospirenone. This hormone is known as twice the risk of earlier generatons and puts women at double the risk of strokes, DVT and PE.

It’s also a good idea to get checked for this, in case you have faced problems related to blood clots in the past, especially at a young age, that is less than 40 years or without any clearly identifiable cause. Thrombophilia can also be inherited. In case an immediate family member has had it, you should be cautious. Also, if you have had cardiovascular issues, or cancer, you may be more prone to it.

If you had a DVT while on Yaz or Yasmin it is sensible to consult with a Yaz Lawyer, to see if you have a valid case. Also, if your loved one suffered a DVT as the consequences of taking one of these pills, you should consult with a lawyer on her behalf or encourage her to seek representation.

You may be entitled to compensation, and can alert other women against the dangers of bad birth control pills.

If taking contraceptives has caused a DVT, you should consult a Yaz Lawyer and ask what steps you can take against the makers of the pill.

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