Ways to avoid thrombosis

Thrombosis or deep vein Thrombosis majorly causes pain and swelling in the leg which can lead to pulmonary embolism that blocks blood vessels in the lungs. Its symptoms include pain in the legs, usually towards the calf. Sometimes these conditions can be symptom less. So you need to be cautious of some habits that could possibly lead to deep vein Thrombosis or any other type of Thrombosis. Check out some of the popular ways that can help you avoid the condition.

Quit smoking
Smoking is anyway not a healthy habit as it affects the lungs and overall blood circulation of the body. Smoking on a daily basis can also harden up the blood vessels. This can seriously damage the walls of the blood vessels thereby enabling the blood to clot and that increases the risk of deep vein Thrombosis. Smoking is indeed difficult to quit if you have a long history with it, however, you can always begin with short term goals. Start to quit for a week. Increase the duration with multiple weeks and eventually months. Nicotine patches and chewing gums can always help with the quitting process.

Maintain an active lifestyle
The reduction of activity in legs reduces the blood flow in the deep vein and makes it sluggish. This factor puts up a higher risk of clot formation. So, it is always recommended that you maintain an active lifestyle. A light cardio exercise like brisk walk or jog for just half an hour will keep you healthy and active throughout the day. If you have a desk job that restricts your movement by sitting in front of a desktop all day, try to take a walk every hour or so to maintain the flow of blood in your legs.

Stockings can help
When travelling in flights for longer duration, consider wearing flight stockings. Flight stockings can help increase the blood flow in the legs and reduce the risks of blood clotting.

Watch you weight
The added pressure on the veins in the pelvis and legs due to extra pounds can lead to Thrombosis. So, consider shedding those extra pounds by improving your diet and maintaining a healthy weight. This should especially be done when you know that you are at risk for deep vein Thrombosis. Reducing 5 to 10 percent of your current weight can help reduce the risk of DVT and other health problems.

Always keep your physician in the loop if you face any symptoms regarding DVT or other forms of thrombosis for that matter.

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