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Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) – it’s effect on your health

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Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and it’s effect on your health, is one of the most important health factors aged and young people should consider, as many people might overlook some early symptoms and signs.

Though DVT isn’t a common ailment, it’s still worth the effort and time to look at, such as causes, Deep Vein Thrombosis prevention and treatment.

 DVT What Does it actually Mean?

DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) is a bodily ailment, which occurs when a blood clot develops in one of the deep veins in the body. It results in pains and swelling among other things which I’ll be discussing below. 

Its worthy to note that without treatment a DVT can cause a potentially life threatening condition called Pulmonary Embolism (PE). Now you may ask :

what is pulmonary embolism?

PE (pulmonary embolism), occurs when a blood clot breaks off from a vein and travels to the lungs, which causes severe health problems.

Read also: Sequential Compression Device (SCD), How does it function?

How Do I Know If I Have A DVT?

The most common symptoms of a DVT are swollen and tender calves. Other symptoms include:

  • Red areas on the leg
  • Swelling in one area or on one leg
  • Pain or tenderness in one leg
  • An area on the leg that feels much warmer to the touch.

If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s important to let your health care specialists know immediately.

How to know if you are at risk of contacting DVT?

Deep Vein Thrombosis, like every other ailment, comes with variety of symptoms, signs and prognosis. Most hospitalized people have at least one risk factor for DVT. 

Here are some Deep Vein Thrombosis risk factors highlighted below.

1. You’d know if you experience any of these risks factors or having one of the following conditions which might be natural or not:

2. Being over the years of 40, brings you closer to the risk factor so you should start paying more attention.

3. Smoking raises the possibility of having DVT, if it’s in your best interest, quit smoking.

4. Being bedbound can trigger DVT due to low locomotive movements.

5. Chronic lung disease which is a group of lung diseases that block airflow and make it difficult to breathe, can increase the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis.

6. Heart failure which is a chronic condition in which the heart doesn’t pump blood as well as it should, in some cases leads to DVT.

7. Serious infection can as well cause it on the long run.

8. Recovering from surgery, which is normal also exposes one to DVT. Exercising goes a long way to reduce the risk of getting DVT after surgery.

9. Inflammatory bowel diseases which is an ongoing inflammation of all or part of the digestive tract, is a lingering risk factor of DVT.

10. Cancer

11. Varicose veins which is an enlarged veins, most commonly appearing in the legs and feet, causes the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis in many individuals.

What are the dangers of a DVT?

If you get a DVT, there are side effects you might experience listed below:

  1. Pain in most areas of the body and joints.
  2. Pulmonary Embolism (PE). This can be life-threatening.
  3. A longer hospital stay.
  4. An increased chance of getting another blood clot in the future
  5. Additional treatment after you leave the hospital.

Can I be careful and prevent DVT? 

DVT’s can develop no matter how careful you are with your health but you can take action to prevent them. 

Here are some ways you can help yourself and would probably go a long way. 

– Educate yourself about the risk factors and take steps to prevent DVT’s from occurring. 

– Use your SCD’s, do the foot exercises.

– Eat regularly and healthy and be sure to catch a good sleep when necessary.

– Also try to be charge of your health and pay attention to your bodily health signs.

In conclusion, our health is our wealth and so try as much as possible to take adequate care of yourself at all times. Keep your mind and body in motion to help the blood flow easily round the body and brain. And finally just breathe.

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