Many people have heard of DVT, which stands for deep vein thrombosis. It occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein (as opposed to a superficial vein closer to the skin). Usually, these deep vein clots occur in the legs.

Why Is DVT Dangerous?

These clots can prevent blood from flowing upward back to your heart as it should. In a worst-case scenario, if one of these clots breaks free, it can travel up to the lungs or other major organ, where it can be fatal.

About 350,000 Americans are diagnosed with DVT annually. Almost the same number have it and don’t know it. We at VeinInnovations recommend deep vein thrombosis having one of our Atlanta vein specialists perform thorough diagnostic testing of your legs if you have varicose veins, to rule out any more significant and immediate problems.

How Can You Prevent DVT in Your Everyday Life?

  • Keep your vascular (circulatory) system healthy. This includes exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, and not sitting or standing for long periods.
  • High blood pressure can be linked to circulatory problems, so if you have high blood pressure, talk with your doctor about ways to manage it.
  • If you have a family history of varicose veins or other vein diseases, be particularly aware of any signs of it. This includes varicose veins, swelling (particularly in the ankles), and heaviness or fatigue in your legs.

Special Precautions When Traveling

Blood clots can occur in the deep veins if you are in a confined, seated position for multiple hours. DVT has even been referred to as “economy class syndrome.” However, it can also occur on train and car trips. If you are traveling for more than a few hours, remember these tips:

  • While you’re seated, try to flex your feet and stretch your legs as much as possible.
  • Stand up and walk around every few hours on a plane or train. If traveling by car, try to stop once an hour and walk around for a bit.
  • Keep hydrated with water or drinks that contain water. Avoid caffeinated drinks such as coffee, as well as alcohol. These have a dehydrating effect, which can thicken the blood and narrow the veins – a recipe for a blood clot.

If You Have Surgery and/or Are Bedridden

People who have surgery are at increased risk for DVT. Your surgeon and the medical professionals caring for you are aware of this. However, be sure to ask your doctor if blood thinners may be needed. Let him or her know if you or anyone in your family has a history of blood clots or circulatory problems.

Even if you have to stay in bed or on the sofa, try to keep your legs elevated and to do some leg exercises (even if it’s just lifts) that you’re able to do, and that your doctor has approved in advance.

See a Vein Specialist If You Have Symptoms of Vein Disease

If you have varicose veins or other symptoms of vein disease, it’s a good idea to take advantage of the state-of-the-art diagnostic testing that we offer at VeinInnovations. Diagnostic tools can pinpoint vascular issues before they become serious. Our minimally invasive varicose vein treatments will improve your blood flow.

There’s no reason to delay. Call us or complete our brief online form to schedule an appointment at one of our Atlanta-area vein clinics today.