Dr. Manjoney on The Morning Blend: Tips for Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis
DVT may occur without any symptoms. But larger clots can lead to leg swelling and pain. When a person has varicose veins, he may develop superficial phlebitis in the varicose veins. This is a painful condition with a varicose vein becoming red, warm, and tender. Most doctors would just treat this with aspirin or anti-inflammatory pills and local heat. However, up to 40% of individuals with superficial phlebitis in varicose veins may have a simultaneous deep vein thrombosis! Whenever there is a superficial phlebitis above the knee, or when any phlebitis is extensive, it is necessary to be sure DVT is not present. A painless ultrasound evaluation is the way to see the entire picture.
DVT is a serious problem that requires immediate medical attention. Blood thinners are usually needed, and clot-dissolving medication may be indicated. If DVT is left untreated, a fatal PE is more likely occur. Graduated compression hose should be used for several months following a DVT of the leg. There is a risk of recurrence of DVT for the first several months after the initial occurrence. In addition, complications that include chronic leg swelling, discoloration and ulceration can be serious life-long problems.
So what can you do to prevent DVT? The most important thing to do is keep moving! If you are in a hospital, or sitting for several hours in a car or plane, you must exercise enough to keep blood flowing in the veins. If you cannot get up and walk, then you can do other maneuvers just to get your leg muscles working. As the muscles contract, they pump blood actively back to the heart. If the blood is moving, a thrombus cannot form. We have included a few easy exercises for those times when your activity is limited as well as some informational videos and printed material.
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