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Are You at Risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Red Blood Cells

Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is a serious medical condition in which a blood clot (thrombus) forms in a vein deep in the arm or leg. This clot can break loose of its vein and be carried through the bloodstream, eventually reaching the lungs and blocking blood flow. This condition, called pulmonary embolism, can lead to severe damage to the lungs and even cause death.

Clots form when deposits of red blood cells and various clotting elements build up in a vein.  Factors that can contribute to clot formation include:

  • Slow blood flow, often due to sitting still or lying down for an extended period of time
  • Injury to a blood vessel
  • Clotting problems due to aging or disease
  • Pooling of blood in a vein due to immobility or various medical conditions
  • Catheters placed in a vein

A clot deep in the leg typically produces swelling, redness, warmth, inflammation, and pain below the site of the blockage in the leg. Some patients, however, may not experience any symptoms until the clot moves to their lungs and results in a life-threatening pulmonary embolism. Some people are more likely to develop deep vein thrombosis because they possess one or more of the established risk factors. The risk factors for DVT typically include:

  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Hospitalization
  • Surgery, especially involving bones or joints
  • Family or personal history of DVT
  • The presence of certain genetic factors
  • Medical conditions such as cancer, varicose veins, heart attack or failure, blood disorders, blood poisoning, or inflammatory bowel disease

To help prevent DVT, be sure to get up and move! If you are planning a long drive or flight, move around every once in a while to keep from remaining stationary for too long. If you are going to be staying in a hospital for a long period of time, ask your physician about preventing clots during your stay.

At Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center, we are committed to maintaining the health of our community. Utilize our DVT Risk Assessor, or contact us at (702) 880-2100 for more information.

Alzheimer's Association - 2011 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures

Every 69 seconds, someone in the United States is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is a slow, fatal disease of the brain that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed in its progression. Starting in the hippocampus, the disease slowly makes its way to the other parts of the brain, causing irreversible dementia. Raise your awareness about the facts and figures associated with the Alzheimer’s epidemic by taking the time to watch this video. 

If you have a loved one afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, let Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center help. Our compassionate and experienced staff is committed to providing the highest quality care to the communities of southwest Las Vegas. Please contact us at (702) 880-2100 to learn more about our comprehensive services.

Tai Chi

Wednesday, Jan. 18
10 a.m.  -  11 a.m.
Education Room/First Floor

Increase your fitness level and learn the benefits of Tai Chi. Sponsored by CareMore.  Call 702.880.2700 to register. Light refreshments will be provided. FREE

Tai Chi

Learn More About Our Recent Blog Topics!

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How can you stay safe in your home as you age? Can you benefit from water immersion birth? If you’re interested in more information on brainstem strokes, the causes of scoliosis, or any of our other recent blog topics, then check out these resources:

  • Studies show that someone dies from a stroke every six seconds in the United States. Learn more with this article from the National Stroke Association.
  • Make sure you can recognize the signs of a stroke with this overview from
  • Learn about the different types of strokes by checking out this link from
  • Did you know that 1.6 million older adults visit the emergency room for fall-related injuries each year? Visit this link from the National Institute on Aging for more information.
  • This article from discusses installing grab bars in bathrooms to help prevent the risk of injury for older adults.
  • What is water immersion birth? Find out with this link from the American Pregnancy Association.
  • Check out this article from for more information on the different stages of labor.
  • Are you suffering from scoliosis? Learn more about this spinal condition by exploring this link from the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
  • This article from the Scoliosis Research Society discusses the symptoms and treatment options for individuals with scoliosis.
  • Did you know that scoliosis may be a symptom of spina bifida? Learn more by exploring this link from the Spina Bifida Association.

For more information on our services, give Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center a call at (702) 880-2100 today!


Thursday, Jan. 12
10 a.m.  -  11 a.m.
Education Room/First Floor

Stretch off those holiday calories and join us for a yoga session. Sponsored by CareMore. Call 702.880.2700 to register. Light refreshments will be provided. FREE


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