About 350,000 US citizens are diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis each year. Some of these people are shocked to discover that blood clots lurk and that they’re life-threatening. But 1 in 10 people with this condition die from it.
This occurs when blood clots deep in the veins break off and travel to organs like the lungs.
Many factors can contribute to DVT, including being overweight, a sedentary lifestyle and cigarette smoking. Lifestyle plays a significant role in the development of DVT.
But surgery can also give rise to this condition and so pre and post-surgical management is crucial to prevent it in surgical patients.
DVT prevention and home care: how to prevent deep vein thrombosis is offered for your information. Deep vein thrombosis is something we should all take very seriously. Here’s what you can do to reduce your risk.
Managing Your Lifestyle
The importance of regular, daily exercise in the prevention of DVT can’t be over-emphasized. You needn’t run a marathon. Walk, cycle, swim, set aside time for Yoga, or whatever it is you enjoy doing. This is a habit which can save your life.
If you smoke, it’s time to quit, as smoking can constrict your blood vessels, leading to DVT. There are so many useful smoking cessation aids on the market today, that there’s really no excuse to continue smoking.
Finally, your diet matters. This is not just because it can help you control your weight (together with daily exercise). It can improve your overall health. Choose foods high in fiber, like fruit and vegetables and grains. Avoid processed food, which is riddled with salt, sugar and fat which can cause obesity and diminished health when eaten as a regular part of your diet.
Bed Rest and Surgery
One of the key indicators for DVT is a lack of activity. Because people who are recovering from surgery are less active, they’re usually prescribed a blood thinner (anticoagulant) for the period immediately following surgery (usually, about 10 days). This prevents the formation of clots.
When prescribed bed rest – even if it’s post-surgical – it’s important that you continue to move your lower extremities, even when lying in bed. Rotate the ankles. Point and flex the feet. These small actions can help you prevent DVT.
Compression sleeves can also help you prevent the formation of blood clots, as they keep your blood moving, making it less likely to clot.
Getting active as soon as you can following surgery is one of the best ways to prevent clotting. Your doctor or physical therapist will prescribe basic exercises to keep the blood flowing and to support your recovery.
Even total hip replacement patients are gotten out of bed the day after their surgeries and encouraged to perform simple exercises, while using a walker for support.
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