What is Deep Vein Thrombosis and how can I prevent it? Moving at regular intervals and wearing compression stockings can help to prevent DVT.
What is DVT?
Deep vein thrombosis is the development of a blood clot in one of the deep veins within your body. Usually it occurs in the legs, blocking blood flow, and left untreated it can cause serious health issues. DVT has come to the fore in the last two decades. However symptoms and complications can also occur as a result of long periods spent sitting such as car travel and inactivity...
What signs should I look for?
Common signs include varicose or spider veins and tenderness, cramping, swelling and discolouration in the calf, ankle or foot area. If you experience any of these symptoms it is advised you contact your doctor immediately.
How can I prevent DVT?
Moving and exercising at regular intervals. Wearing compression stockings assist in pushing blood back up through the lower legs and can reduce swelling and discomfort. Team this with a low fat, high fibre diet, and quit smoking, and you’ll be on the way to a healthier you. So take a regular leisurely walk, breathe in a little fresh air and get those good endorphins flowing. Your body will thank you for it.
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