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Deep Vein Thrombosis – Risk Factors and Prevention

December 23, 2020


“Preventative measures you can do once you are diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis, but I will take that step back. And I will say for a normal community person before the diagnosis even, what can you do to prevent these types of problems? One of them is to inform yourself of your own risk, and that will be talking to your parents, grandparents, and know if there’s any of these conditions that will make you prone to form clots. That is key in my opinion. And second, if you go over the risk factors for DVT development, one of them is blood stasis, meaning that when you take a long trip, he does encourage you to actually stand up every hour or two of your 14 hour flight leg to whatever you’re going to do the bathroom and walk through the hallways. And I see, actually, I see with contentment, when I’m in a flight, I see people doing that, just standing and moving, which is quite helpful to keep that blood moving in your legs.

A second issue that is fairly unrecognized in circles that are not specialized in venous disease is compression stockings. And the benefit of stockings, a lot of surgeons use these stockings, even though we have no venous disease. And that is because you are on your legs for three, four hours, and that blood is not moving. You are standing doing these procedures. And so those compression stockings will make the flow of blood in those veins, actually a little faster. And we keep the blood moving in the times where you’re actually not moving too much yourself. So compression stockings, and fairly mobility are actually issues that can be very easily applied and are very highly efficient in preventing these problems.”

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