Preventing a deep vein thrombosis, also known as a DVT, is vital. ADVT is a blood clot that forms in the deep veins of the legs most commonly, but it can also occur in the veins of the upper extremities. That’s because the blood clot, which usually forms in a calf or thigh deep veins, can partially or completely block blood flow back to theheart and cause damage to the one-way valves in the veins. The clot can also break free and travel through the blood to major organs, such as your lungs — which can be fatal. This is called a pulmonary embolism.
About 350,000 Americans are diagnosed with DVT and pulmonary embolism each year, although it is estimated that some 300,000 more adults have undiagnosed DVT/PT. The condition has a 6%-12% mortality rate. If you’re at risk, there is much you can do to prevent DVT.
DVT Prevention: Healthy Lifestyle and Regular Checkups
To lower your risk and help prevent DVT, take these steps:
Preventing DVT After Surgery or While Bedridden
If you need surgery, your surgeon will review your medical history to help assess the risk for DVT and determine whether you need aggressive measures to prevent it.
Your DVT risk may begin with becoming immobile and continue for several months following surgery. However, in some cases, the risk is greatest right after surgery and about 10 days afterward.
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Researchers continue to look at the best ways to prevent DVT after surgery. For example, some studies show that using regional anesthesia instead of general anesthesia, when possible, can decrease your DVT risk.
Here are other measures your doctor may suggest to help prevent DVT:
Take any blood thinners (anticoagulants) your doctor prescribes before or right after surgery. These may include:
Wear a sleeve-like device on your legs during surgery to compress your legs and keep blood flowing through the veins.
Also to prevent DVT, do any leg exercises your doctor or other health care provider prescribes. These may include leg lifts and gentle foot and ankle exercises.
Prevent DVT When Traveling DVT prevention is also something to consider when you travel. That’s because sitting stiprevent-legsll for long periods puts you at risk. Because children tend to move around more, even while sitting, their risk is not as high.
Prevent DVT when traveling with these six steps: