How to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis
There are some simple steps that you can take to avoid the development of deep vein thrombosis.
1. Exercise your lower leg muscles.
At home or in the gym, you can do calf raises, lunges, squats, and stretches to keep the blood flowing in your lower legs.
2. Stay hydrated.
Drinking more water will help keep the blood from becoming thick and slower moving. This reduces the risk of clot formation.
3. Don’t smoke.
Nicotine causes your blood vessels to constrict, limiting the amount of blood that flows to your organs and decreasing the amount of oxygen your cells receive. Clots can easily form in these narrow vessels.
4. Raise the foot of your bed.
This will keep the blood from pooling while you are sleeping for extended periods of time. This in turn reduces the likelihood of clots.
5. Maintain a healthy weight.
Obesity puts additional pressure on veins in the legs and poor blood flow can occur, as well as the formation of clots.
6. Take breaks from sitting.
Whether it’s a long car ride or 8 hours sitting at a desk, you need to get up every 60-90 minutes to move and exercise your legs.
7. Visit a vein specialist early.
If you have any of the risk factors discussed earlier, it is a great idea to schedule a vein screening with Dr. Cutchen. Having baseline data on your vein health and having occasional wellness visits can help to avoid various vein issues before they become a serious situation.