Preventing Blood Clots / DVT

There are only certain instances when action for preventing deep vein thrombosis will be considered.

1. TRAVEL


Sitting still for a long flight where you are imobile for often 24 hours, or sitting as a passenger in a car over a long trip can increase your risk of getting blood clots. A simple foot exercise will help with your circulation.


Point your toes up toward your head so that the calves of your legs are stretched, then relax. This flexing should be repeated 20 times in a row, and at least once an hour if your are mot moving.


If you have had a DVT / Deep Vein Thrombosis or are considered by your doctor at risk of getting one, you are STRONGLY advised to consult with your doctor before making long journeys.


If you are planning a long distance flight or car journey where you are unable to walk about, there are certain things you are advised to do, including;


    • Drink plenty of water

    • Avoid excessive alcohol

    • Avoid taking sleeping pills as you need to be active

    • Perform simple leg exercises by flexing your ankles

    • Take occasional short walks when possible

    • Wear compression stockings or special flight socks (same but ‘designed’)


MAKE certain that you have Travel insurance When travelling abroad, and you MUST disclose at the outset of taking the insurance if you have had DVT / DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS . This may or may not be asked, but you must ensure that you will be covered, especially if sitting for a long periods of time.

 

2. HOSPITALISATION


If you are expecting to be in hospital to have an operation and are taking the combined contraceptive pill or HRT / Hormone Replacement Therapy, you may be advised to stop using the drugs at a specified point before you have your operation.


If you are admitted to hospital or are planning to go into hospital for surgery, you will be assessed for risks of a DVT / DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS. Commonly, compression stocking will be provided. On occasions there may also be a need for blood thinning medication to be used.


Surgery and some medical treatments can increase your risk of developing DVT / DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS.


Similarly, if you are taking a drug to prevent blood clots, such as aspirin, you may be advised to stop taking them at a specified point prior to your operation.


3. STATIC in BED -  WHEELCHAIR or SEAT


Exercising your lower leg muscles to improve circulation in your legs should be done when lying in bed or in a seated position even if on an flight, in an office or any other place where you may be static for a lengthy time.


Point your toes up toward your head so that the calves of your legs are stretched, then relax. This flexing should be repeated 20 times in a row, and at least once an hour if your are mot moving.


SMOKING AND DIET


You can reduce your risk of DVT / DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS  by making changes to your lifestyle, such as:


Exercise

•No Smoking

•Healthy Diet


DVT Leg Wedge

Foam filled or inflated ‘Wedges’ have become a popular method of raising your legs to be higher that your heart whilst laying flat.


If at all possible, this is an effective tool.


The problem exists when patients are unable to lay down through illness or disability.

stopclots.com foot exercies for deep vein thrombosis

Forcing the foot forward and up, then circling but always  in a forced stretch method is advised globally. Our sincere thanks for the images which shows the simple movements.

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