January, 2013

Deep Vein Thrombosis: 3 Tips for Protecting Yourself

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Deep vein thrombosis is a condition where a blood clot forms within a deep vein in the body – most commonly, in the legs. Clots can form as a result of several different factors affecting blood circulation, such as prolonged trips in a car or airplane, where your legs are in one position for a long period of time. The condition can also occur in patients during long periods of bed rest, as a result of vein damage during surgery, pregnancy or obesity, or as a reaction to certain medications. Deep vein thrombosis can occur at any age, but is more common in patients over the ago of 60.

The most serious concern regarding deep vein thrombosis is that it often goes unnoticed. While some patients report symptoms such as pain, redness and swelling, for others, symptoms may not arise until a pulmonary embolism is present. This is a potentially life-threatening complication, characterized by a blockage of the lung’s main artery.

While there is no surefire way to prevent deep vein thrombosis, however there are ways to stack the odds in your favor. Let’s take a look at a few ways you can protect yourself.

3 Tips for Protecting Yourself Against Deep Vein Thrombosis:

  1. Remain Physically Active: People who remain seated for prolonged periods increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis. If you work in an office environment, periodically get up from your desk and walk around or stretch out your legs. During long trips in a car, make stops to get out and walk around.
  2. Manage Your Weight: Being overweight puts greater pressure on your heart, increases blood pressure, and puts you at greater risk for developing deep vein thrombosis. Regular exercise and a proper diet can aid in managing your weight and may decrease the risk of blood clots.
  3. Quit Smoking: Smoking negatively affects your blood pressure and circulation. By quitting smoking, you can improve blood flow throughout your body and may have less of a chance of developing deep vein thrombosis while sitting or standing for long periods.

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