Life after DVT treatment

With long lasting implications, how can you get back to “normal”?

With long lasting implications, how can you get back to “normal”?

Even when deep vein thrombosisThrombosis refers to abnormal, life-threatening blood clots that form in the artery or vein. (DVTDeep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): The condition that describes when a blood clot, or thrombus, develops in a deep vein.) has been treated successfully, it’s good to keep in mind that another clot could develop, as could post-thrombotic syndrome (PTSPost thrombotic syndrome (PTS): Describes a long-term effects that can follow from a Deep Vein Thrombosis.). Here are a few things to keep aware of on the road ahead.

Good health can help you 

The first rule of thumb is to get moving as best you can. Ask your doctor about your situation and be specific about your usual activities; it may be okay to return to yoga, for example, but rugby may be something to avoid.

Make it a life habit to keep moving. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or get off the bus one stop early to add a bit more movement to your day. If you plan to take a long flight, book an aisle seat so that you feel comfortable roaming around the plane every hour or two. On the other hand, make sure you also give your legs a break as standing or walking for too long can cause swelling.

Whilst on treatment, you may have used prescription-strength compression stockings (or ‘flight socks’) These may help increase blood circulation and may reduce swelling. Most likely, your doctor will not recommend continuing to use these in future. If you are in doubt consult with your doctor. 

If you are up for a challenge, other lifestyle changes can also help, like quitting smoking and starting to exercise more frequently. In general, eating healthy and staying fit will help ensure that you can be more active and keep moving.

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