Deep vein thrombosis is a condition that can occur when a person sits down for an extended period of time, leading to poor circulation in their legs. This causes the blood to thicken and become solidified, causing a blood clot. This condition is particularly common in legs, but could occur elsewhere in the body, like the lungs, and have serious life-threatening consequences if that is the case.
What are common causes?
Deep vein thrombosis is caused primarily by prolonged inactivity. This could be sitting in a car on a long road trip or in a plane on a long flight. This can also be caused by damage to a vein from an injury or surgery, cancer, genetics, or some medications.
What can resolve deep vein thrombosis?
Usually, this condition can resolve itself over time. More severe cases may require blood-thinning medication to assist the body in resolving the clot and preventing a worsening condition. In the most severe conditions, deep vein thrombosis can require surgery to be resolved.
What are common symptoms?
Deep vein thrombosis can have mild or severe symptoms, so it can be hard to diagnose the problem yourself. The symptoms may include:
- Swollen legs
- Pain in the legs
- Legs feeling heavy
- Shortness of breath
- Redness in the legs
- Pressure on the chest
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, see a doctor immediately.
How to prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis
If you know you will have to sit for a prolonged period of time, keep these tips in mind:
- Rotate your ankles with small cycling movements to promote movement
- Curl and flex your toes and feet to promote blood circulation
- Plan stops every 2-3 hours, if possible, to get up and walk around
- Consider wearing compression stockings to promote good circulation
- Don’t cross your legs for long periods of time
- Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated throughout your trip
- Avoid tons of caffeine
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