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How to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis is a potentially life-threatening condition. Fortunately, with simple lifestyle modifications, you can prevent it from ever affecting your life in the first place.

Windermere Deep Vein Thrombosis

What is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)?

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a vascular condition that develops in the legs. It occurs when clots form in veins deep inside muscle tissue, impeding or preventing the flow of blood. 

In some patients, the clot can dislodge from its location in the legs and travel to other parts of the body. Serious medical complications can occur if it blocks blood vessels around the heart, lungs, or leading to the brain. Symptoms of DVT can include shortness of breath, pain, and swelling of the legs. Some patients can also experience discoloration. 

Deep Vein Thrombosis Prevention Tips

DVT can be life-threatening. That’s why The Vascular Experts Florida recommends that you take a preventative approach to the condition. Below are three tips on how to prevent deep vein thrombosis. 

Stay Active

The blood vessels in your body aren’t static pipes that transport blood between tissues but living, respiring tissues that pulse with each beat of your heart. 

To function at their best, they need blood to rush past their interior walls – called the endothelium. This shearing force stimulates the blood vessel to remain healthy. 

Staying active, therefore, is critical in the fight against DVT. If you’re sitting still for a long time on a long flight, try walking around for a few minutes every hour. 

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Take the first step. Get your questions answered and find out which treatment option is best for your personal situation by meeting with one of our knowledgeable providers at Vascular Experts for an in-person consultation. Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our experienced team members will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation.

Consume Foods That Protect Your Blood Vessels

Some foods protect blood vessels. Dark green leafy vegetables, for instance, contain nitric oxide, a powerful chemical that allows the blood vessels to expand and contract freely. Other foods, such as red and yellow vegetables, help to reduce your cholesterol levels, improving the health of your endothelium. And flaxseed and hibiscus (found in many fruit teas) can even naturally thin the blood, making it less likely to aggregate. 

Drink Water

Drinking water helps to dilute the blood, reducing the likelihood that clots will form. If you absolutely must sit for a long time, try sipping on a large bottle regularly to reduce blood viscosity. 

Deep Vein Thrombosis Treatments

At The Vascular Experts Florida, you can get a range of treatments for DVT.  Dr. Lina Vargas offers an IVC filter that helps to filter out any clots from your legs before they reach your heart. Other treatments for the condition include clot-dissolving medications and anticoagulants that prevent the blood from clotting in the first place.  

You can also get a balloon angioplasty as a means to treat DVT. This procedure involves placing a balloon-tipped catheter into any collapsed blood vessels, opening them up again. This treatment is suitable for treating scarring that can sometimes follow deep vein thrombosis. Combining it with a wire mesh stent can prevent the narrowing or collapse of veins in the future. 

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Take the Next Step – Request a Consultation

If you would like to learn more about DVT schedule a consultation today with The Vascular Experts Florida at our Windermere, FL location.

You can also call to make your appointment by calling our office at (407) 612-7738.

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