In the United States, about 250,000 people are
admitted to a hospital each year because of blood
clots that develop in the deep veins (deep vein
thrombosis). However, because many
people with deep vein thrombosis do not
have symptoms, experts have estimated as
many as 600,000 people may be affected.
What is deep vein thrombosis?
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot
or thrombus in a deep vein of the body.
Blood clots form when blood thickens and
clumps together. DVT most often occurs in
the calf and thigh veins. Deep vein blood clots are
particularly dangerous because they can break loose,
travel through the bloodstream to the lungs, and block
blood flow in the lungs causing a pulmonary
embolism (PE). DVT requires immediate medical care
due to the often life-threatening nature of pulmonary
embolism and the possible long lasting problems.
What Causes Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Blood clots can form in your body's deep veins when:
• Damage occurs to a vein's inner lining. This
damage may result from injuries caused by physical,
chemical, and biological factors. Such factors include
surgery, serious injury, inflammation, or an immune
• Blood flow is sluggish or slow due to lack of
motion. This may occur after surgery, if ill and in bed
for a long time, or if traveling for a long time.
• Your blood is thicker or more likely to clot than
usual. Certain inherited conditions increase blood's
tendency to clot. This also is true of treatment with
hormone replacement therapy or birth control pills.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Deep
The signs and symptoms of deep vein thrombosis
(DVT) may be related to DVT itself or to pulmonary
embolism (PE). See your doctor right away if you have
symptoms of either.
Deep Vein Thrombosis
Only about half of the people with DVT have
symptoms. These symptoms occur in the leg affected
by the deep vein clot.
• Swelling of the leg or along a vein in the leg
• Pain or tenderness in the leg, which you may feel
only when standing or walking
• Increased warmth in the area of the leg that's
swollen or in pain
• Red or discolored skin on the leg
Some people do not know they have DVT until they
have signs or symptoms of PE.
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Symptoms of PE include:
• Unexplained shortness of breath
• Pain with deep breathing
• Coughing up blood
• Rapid breathing and a fast heart rate
How is deep vein thrombosis diagnosed
If your doctor suspects that you have DVT,
you probably will have an ultrasound test to
measure the blood flow through your veins
and help find any clots that might be blocking the flow.
Treatment begins right away to reduce the chance that
the blood clot will grow or break loose and flow to your
Treatment for DVT usually involves taking blood
thinners such as heparin and warfarin at least 3 months
to prevent existing clots from growing. Doctors may
also recommend propping or elevating the affected leg
when possible, using a heating pad, taking walks, and
wearing compression stockings. These measures may
help reduce the pain and swelling that can happen with
Who Is At Risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Many factors increase the risk of DVT including:
• A history of DVT or certain inherited blood
disorders that cause blood to thicken
• Injury to a deep vein from surgery, a broken bone,
or other trauma.
• Slow blood flow in a deep vein from lack of
movement or obesity
• Pregnancy and the first 6 weeks after giving birth.
• Recent or ongoing treatment for cancer.
• Being older than 40 (although DVT can occur in any
How Can Deep Vein Thrombosis Be Prevented?
If you are at risk for DVT or PE you can help prevent the
• Seeing your doctor for regular checkups and taking
all prescribed medications
• Getting out of bed and moving around as soon as
possible after surgery or illness.
• Exercising your leg muscles hourly during long trips
• Avoid alcohol and beverages with caffeine
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° 1 butternut squash (1.5 lbs)
° 1 large ripe, firm plantain
° 4 garlic cloves, unpeeled
° 1/4 cup vegetable stock
° 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
° 1/2 tsp salt
° 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 375° F.
2. Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray
3. Halve the squash and scoop out the seeds and
fibers. Peel the halves and cut into 1 inch
4. Trim the ends of the plantain. Cut a slit
lengthwise through the inner cureve of the skin,
pry off the skin, and cut the piantain crosswise
into 1 inch segments.
5. Place the squash, plantain and garlic cloves on
the prepared baking sheet. Roast until very
tender (about 25 minutes). Let cool slightly
and peel the garlic cloves
6. In a saucepan, heat the vegetable stock over
high heat until simmering. Remove from the
heat and add the garlic, squash, plantain and
7. Mash the mixture with a potato masher until
8. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve
SCREENING SERVICES STATUS:
Screening contracts were awarded on June 17th.
Mobile Onsite Mammography, Healthwaves,
Banner Occupational Health, and Maxim
Health Systems are now under contract to pro-vide
convenient, at-work screening services.
Wellness is currently taking requests for screen-ings
at State worksites. Listed below are each
• Flu/Pneumonia Vaccinations
• Mini Health Screening
• Osteoporosis Screening
Maxim Health Systems
• Flu/Pneumonia Vaccinations
• Mini Health Screening
• Osteoporosis Screening
• Skin Cancer Screening
Mobile Onsite Mammography
• Mammography Screening
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• Skin Cancer Screening
EDUCATIONAL CLASSES STATUS:
Wellness awarded contracts for educational
classes, fitness classes, massage, and weight
management on October 24th. Kronos Optimal
Health, The Back Rub Co., and Jesse Tsao will
be the State’s vendors providing services in the
future. Wellness is working to complete the
vendor implementation, but due to severe
budget restrictions will not be able to offer the
contracted services at this time. These pro-grams
will be placed on hold pending analysis
from the ADOA budget team.
Thank you for your patience during this
difficult budgeting period.
Butternut squash and
Nutritional Analysis (per serving)
Calories = 79
Protein = 1 g
Carbohydrate = 19 g
Total Fat = 1 g
Saturated Fat = 0 g
Monounsaturated Fat = 1 g
Cholesterol = 0 g
Sodium = 219 mg
Fiber = 3 g
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“Early detection is the best defense we have at this
time for catching breast cancer in its earliest
stages,” says Catherine Midgette, Executive Vice
President of MOM. “If we find the cancer in its earli-est
stages, the patient has a 97 percent survival
rate.” Mobile On-Site Mammography (MOM) travels
to perform mammography screenings at worksites
MOM will directly bill insurance. Benefit Options
health plan members do not have to pay a copay at
these events. (Other insurance plan members may
have a copay. Check with your insurance’s member
services department for more information.)
Call MOM at 480-967-3767 to schedule your
This service is generally provided on a request-basis.
Call MOM at 480-967-3767 or 1-800-285-
0272 to schedule this service at your worksite.
There is a minimum of 25 people required.
What Services & Programs are
Offered by Benefit Options
The Wellness website has the complete list of
screenings, classes and other programs
available for request and scheduling at State
Wellness events are requested and
coordinated by State employees at
worksites. If you are interested in hosting a
program at your worksite, visit the Wellness
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Event requests must be submitted online by
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All State employees and Benefit Options
members are eligible to participate in mini
The basic screenings are FREE
• Height & weight; BMI; blood pressure; and
percent of body fat (body composition).
• Cholesterol and blood sugar
You will need your Employee Identification Number
(EIN) and Insurance card for this event.
Dec. 8th — 8:00am-11:00am
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1501 W. Washington, #230
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appointments and walk ins.
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