Blood circulation high risk: Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT)

A higher degree of varicose vein pain is Deep Venous Thrombosis that consists on the formation of a thrombus or blood clot in the deep veins, in the calves or thighs.

DVT is a rare disease; the average is of 1 or 2 out of 1 000, particularly in older people. It is not considered a fatal disease itself, but it can lead to complications that may do cause dead.

Effects of Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT)

It produces two major effects:

a. Blood flow blockage: The blood clot may block partially or totally the bloodstream, causing a build-up of blood that damage blood vessels and cause venous hypertension.

b. Pulmonary embolism: It is produced when the thrombus breaks and enters in the bloodstream and reaches up to the lungs, causing death in a matter of hours.

Around 200 000 people in the United States die because of pulmonary embolism, as a result of DVT each year, a larger number than the victims of AIDS and breast cancer together.

Deep Venous Thrombosis is a silent disease because it does not show clear symptoms except for some leg swelling and pain, tenderness, an increase of temperature in the skin of this area and some veins become more visible over skin. These “slight” symptoms make it hard to diagnose. Ultrasound is one of the most successful techniques in the diagnosis of DVT since it is able to detect the smallest blood clots.

Other methods include blood tests, Magnetic Resonance, Doppler and Cuff-impedance plethysmography (check blood pressure in different parts of the leg).

People with high risk Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT)

The following is a list of the people with higher risk of developing this condition:

-    Patients who have undergone orthopedic spine surgery
-    Obese people
-    People with family inherited DVT
-    People with varicose veins
-    Women taking the pill
-    Pregnant women
-    Smokers
-    Travelers (long journeys)

If you are within these groups, we strongly recommend you to follow the next tips about preventing DVT, so you can avoid this disturbing condition.

Preventing Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT)

Fortunately, DVT can be prevented with simple measures. Follow the next steps so you can live free of this condition.

-    Elevating your legs to increase blood circulation with a leg wedge pillow in bed, at the office, on the airplane, etc.
-    Foot exercises like wiggling your toes and rotating your ankles while sitting down.
-    Staying as active as possible.
-    Taking an aspirin before a long journey.
-    Wearing tight elastic stockings.

Avoiding High Risk Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT)

Being a higher degree of varicose vein pain (DVT) consists on the formation of a thrombus or blood clot in the deep veins, in the calves or thighs, it is a rare disease. It can be controlled by maintaining a correct position during sleep. You can have a great sleep support by wearing a Leg Wedge Pillow during your bedtime. Remember that preventing is better than curing, decide for a future free of DVT; get your Leg Wedge Pillow by clicking on the link below.

(*) People who have had DVT before can develop another one.