It is often called a silent condition, one that might occur without the afflicted person knowing. For thousands of travelers and inactive people annually, it is a problem that can cause lasting damage if steps are not taken to prevent it from happening. Deep vein thrombosis poses a serious risk to men and women of all ages.
What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT) is a condition defined by a blood clot, or thrombus, forming in a deep vein. Commonly affecting the leg veins, such as the femoral, popliteal, or the deep veins of the pelvic region, DVT can prove fatal if the clot comes loose, makes its way into the blood, and enters the heart.
What causes Deep Vein Thrombosis?
While recent research shows that various factors prove to put a person at risk for DVT, a more common cause for deep vein thrombosis is inactivity. The less you move, the slower your blood circulates, thereby increasing the chances for clots to form. Business travelers, people who spend long hours in cramped airplane seats or in cars, and people confined to wheelchairs are especially at risk if they are unable to regularly circulate the blood in their legs.
What measures can be taken to reduce the risk of DVT?
Thankfully, DVT is such a condition that can be prevented if one knows what to do. For many, alleviating oneself of risk can be as simple as staying active. Maintaining good circulation throughout the body is the key to preventing blood clots. When the blood pumps constantly through the body, the opportunities for clots to form decrease.
Office workers may wish to take occasional breaks to walk around and get the blood flowing. Leisure activities like watching TV, where the body is inactive, can be done with the legs elevated, so blood flow has a chance. Air travelers should try to move their legs as often as is allowed. A trip up and down the aisle of a plane can do wonders for tired, cramped legs. Investing in a good ergonomic device, like a massaging cushion for work or travel, can help stimulate blood flow when motion is not possible.
An internet search will lead you to more detailed information about DVT, its causes and remedies. Do your research and listen to your body. Keep active and stay healthy.
By Kat Lively
Kat Lively is a freelance travel writer for FlowCushion, the ergonomic seat cushion for home, travel and office, and for The Camellia Rose Inn, a Gainesville bed and breakfast inn. She also offers free book promotion tips for aspiring authors.