February 8

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Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis

By Dr. Jose Almeida

February 8, 2016

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Deep vein thrombosis is a serious medical condition that is caused when a blood clot occurs in one of the deep veins in your body. This dangerous blood clot has the potential to move throughout the body. If it goes to the lungs, then your blood flow and oxygen levels will be extremely restricted.

The most dangerous thing about deep vein thrombosis is that it can occur without any symptoms. Some of the symptoms that may show up when suffering from deep vein thrombosis are chest pain, shortness of breath, fainting and a fast heartbeat.

Deep vein thrombosis is usually treated using medication or surgery. Medications will be given to break up the blood clot. Deadly cases of deep vein thrombosis may be removed or broken up via surgery.

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After your deep vein thrombosis is cured by a trained medical professional, you will have to make several lifestyle changes to make sure that you never get a deep blood clot again. Deep vein thrombosis sufferers are susceptible to another blood clot after their condition is cured, which makes the lifestyle changes even more important.

You may also need to watch your vitamin K intake. Green leafy vegetables are the most common foods that are extremely high in vitamin K. If you absolutely have to eat these vegetables, then you need to make sure it is only in small portions.

The biggest change for many deep vein thrombosis sufferers is that they are now required to exercise regularly. Blood clots form when you stay in the same position for an extended period of time, and exercising is the best way to make sure this does not happen. You do not have to do any high-intensity workouts, but you should, at least, walk on a regular basis.

Wearing compression socks is the final lifestyle change that you will need to make after your deep vein thrombosis is cured. Most serious blood clots occur in the legs. Compression socks may not be very fashionable, but they help prevent any harmful blood clots from forming in your legs.

Deep vein thrombosis is a serious medical condition that can lead to severe consequences if it is not treated properly. Contact Miami Vein Center today for assistance with Dr. Almeida, a board certified vascular surgeon.

Lifestyle changes are not always popular, but it’s necessary to keep you healthy. If you follow through with these easy lifestyle changes and regularly schedule appointments with us, then you should have no problem avoiding deep vein thrombosis for the rest of your life.

To request a consultation click here or call 305-854-1555.

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Dr. Jose Almeida

About the author

Dr. Jose Almeida, MD, FACS, RPVI, RVT is a veteran academic vascular surgeon who practices Endovascular Venous Surgery in Miami, FL. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery in both Vascular Surgery and General Surgery.

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