Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) (Part 4 of 5) | HealthiNation

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PHYSICIAN: Most cases of deep vein thrombosis occur after
surgery, injury, medical procedures, or childbirth. But, many times it can be avoided, by taking
preventive steps and making healthy lifestyle choices.
If you will be having a surgical procedure, ask your doctor about your recovery plan.
Ask when you will be able to get up and move around. This is important for maintaining
good circulation, which can help prevent DVT. If you are traveling a long distance, be sure
to get up and stretch. If youÕre on an airplane, this can mean just getting up and walking
up and down the aisles. If youÕre driving, stop and take stretch break. If youÕre not
able to get up, stretch your lower legs by lifting your heal a few times. Then repeat,
but this time, lift your toes. Try to get up, or at least stretch every hour.
If youÕre at risk for DVT and youÕve been prescribed medications, be sure to take them
as explained by your doctor. Remember, DVT may not have symptoms. Your doctor may also
recommend compression socks if youÕre at risk. These create pressure on the lower leg
and help improve blood circulation. Women using certain birth control products,
and those on estrogen therapy should talk to their doctor, since these medications may
increase their risk of developing clots. Smoking also increases the risk in women using estrogen.
We also know that obesity and smoking increase the risk of developing a DVT. So, the best
way to prevent DVT is to manage your weight and quit smoking.