As part of National DVT Awareness Month, North Hills Hospital will be providing free screenings on March 25 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria.

What is DVT?
DVT stands for Deep Vein Thrombosis, or the formation of a blood clot in a deep vein. Our screening is designed to assess your level of DVT in a high risk situation and evaluates the health of the leg veins and assesses the risk of getting blood clots in these veins.

Who should be risk assessed for DVT?
Each year approximately 350,000 Americans die from or are disabled by vein diseases. Your risk increases with the following factors:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Acute infection
  • Surgery
  • Cancer therapy
  • Restricted mobility
  • Intensive care admission
  • Estrogen use, oral contraceptives
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Prior history of a DVT blood clot
  • Varicose veins
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Age

What tests are involved:
The screening consists of a short, simple questionnaire, which will ask about medications and medical conditions which could increase the risk of blood clots in the leg veins. The screening will take just a few minutes.

Screenings will be available without appointment. Just enter the hospital through the main entrance and take an immediate right into our cafeteria.