Although blood clots can form anywhere in the body, they often develop deep in the venous system, often in the pelvis or leg.  They develop when a clump of blood changes from liquid to a thick gel-like substance. Although clotting is sometimes a necessary process that can prevent an injured person from losing too much blood, they can potentially be dangerous – or even life threatening – if they form in your leg veins.  Let’s look at how we can avoid Deep Vein Thrombosis.

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What Is Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot, or thrombus, forms in one or more of the deep veins in the legs. This blockage in blood flow results in leg pain and swelling. This can become more serious if blood clots in the legs break loose, travel through the bloodstream and become lodged in the blood vessels of the lungs which will block the normal blood flow and decrease the amount of oxygen that is carried through the body by the blood. This is called a pulmonary embolism (PE) and can be life-threatening.

Am I At Risk of Developing Deep Vein Thrombosis?

There are several common risk factors for deep vein thrombosis. Knowing these risk factors can help you to know if you are at risk of developing DVT.

  • Blood clotting disorders or a family history of clotting 
  • Not moving for long periods of time while working or traveling 
  • Taking birth control or hormone replacement therapy that contains estrogen
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity 
  • Cancer
  • Inflammatory bowel disease 
  • Smoking 
  • Hospitalization or being confined to bed 
  • Age 

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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.

“I could not be happier with the services provided by Dr. Cutchen’s and his entire staff. Everyone treated me with respect and cared for the improvement of my veins and I never felt like “just another number”. Follow up care was great. The office manager is really easy to work with and never caused me any issues. Overall- this is the place to be treated!” *

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Take The Next Step

If you are ready to prevent complications from deep vein thrombosis, then it’s time to take the next step by calling the trusted vein specialists at Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute at 505-848-VEIN or fill out the form on this page and one of our staff members will reach out to you promptly. Albuquerque Vein & Laser Institute is located in the Journal Center area of Albuquerque and proudly serves vein patients throughout the entire Albuquerque area, as well as Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Santa Rosa, Los Lunas and other areas throughout New Mexico.

** This blog provides general information and discussion about medicine, health, and related subjects. The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.