DVT is a condition where a blood clot forms deep in your veins, which can block blood flow back to the heart. This happens often and in the leg and if left untreated, could break free and travel to major organs like the lungs, which is proven to be very dangerous.
There are ways to minimize your risk for deep vein thrombosis in everyday and in certain medical conditions:
- Exercise Regularly
Exercise manages and prevents a roster of diseases and puts them at bay. If possible, exercise daily doing even the most simple stuff like walking and light jogging. Exercise will not only help you prevent a wide range of diseases, but will also manage your weight and help you with stress.
- Stop smoking
Quit smoking at all costs! Smoking only increases the risk of getting DVT.
- Check your blood pressure regularly
Checking your blood pressure regularly will make it easier to prevent any problems or detect earlier problems if there are any.
- Check with your doctor
If you are on birth control or taking hormones, let your physician know. Also, tell your doctor if you have any family history of DVT so the right precautionary measures could be advised.
- Avoid sitting still for long periods of time
If you have been sitting for a while, stand up and walk around just to keep blood flow going. If you are traveling for long periods of time, walk once in a while or lower your legs and raise them occasionally.
- After surgery, comply with everything your doctor tells you
After surgery, the risk of deep vein thrombosis could be higher. To prevent this, take any anticoagulant medicines your doctor prescribes you and take it correctly. During recovery, also try to walk and stand up so as to keep the blood flowing all over your body. Do leg lifts, ankle rotations, leg rotations, and whatever exercise- big or small- you can do to help with minimizing this risk.