An Interview with Lainie Kazan
Gary Barg: You know, as a
person who flies a lot, I’ve heard about DVT over the years; but now it
seems that DVT affects a lot more people than commonly thought and
affects more people than just long-distance travelers.
Lanie Kazan: DVT affects
roughly 3 million people each year, and 300 thousand die annually from a
DVT complication called pulmonary embolism. That’s more than breast
cancer and AIDs combined.
Gary Barg: What is DVT and
what are some of the risk factors for it?
Lanie Kazan: DVT stands for
deep vein thrombosis, and the risk factors for a DVT blood clot include
restricted mobility because of hospitalization or due to acute illness
or certain surgeries such as hip replacement or knee replacement
surgery. If you’ve had a prior DVT like me, or age and obesity come into
play, these can also be factors. If you’ve had chemotherapy, heart
surgery, respiratory diseases or if you smoke or use birth control
pills, or even being pregnant can be triggers for DVT