Deep vein thrombosis leads to blood clotting in deep veins in the body, particularly in the legs. People with DVT experience leg pain and swelling, but deep vein thrombosis can also be asymptomatic.
Deep vein thrombosis can be life-threatening, but there are treatments available to improve symptoms and prevent health complications associated with blood clots, such as blood thinners and clot busters. Knowing how to live with deep vein thrombosis in addition to being on the right treatment plan is essential, so here are some tips to make coping with DVT easier.
1. Know how to be ready for a trip
If you have DVT, discuss your travel plans with your doctor first. It is also important to wear comfortable clothes while traveling to prevent poor circulation, as well as keeping hydrated.
2. Be on the move on long flights
Some of us choose to indulge in some alcohol or take sleeping aids to sleep through a long flight, but people with DVT should avoid these options to stay up to allow sufficient circulation. Switching positions, taking walks around the plane, and not being in positions that may restrict the blood flow in the legs are recommended.
3. Move your legs while working
If you have to sit at a desk for extended periods of time for work, you can keep your calf muscles moving by simply raising your toes. Stretching your feet and lower legs also improve stiffness and circulation.
4. Avoid sitting for long durations
Even if your job requires you to be at your desk all day, allow yourself short breaks to get up and roam around. This can easily be accomplished by scheduled reminders, which can also be used to remind yourself of stretching and exercising your calves.
5. Compression stockings work
You may also give compression stockings a try as these put less pressure on the feet and are better for healthy circulation. There are many compression stocking options available, so if you are not happy with your brand, you can consult your doctor for better choices.
6. Stay active
Regular exercise prevents new blood clots, swelling, and improves circulation, so it is a significant component of managing and preventing deep vein thrombosis. Regular exercise also prevents weight gain, which is important because those who are overweight are at a higher risk of developing clots. Discussing your exercise options with your doctor should be your first step, but experts often recommend low-impact exercises such as swimming, water aerobics, and walking.
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