Deep vein thrombosis is a dangerous blood clot that can form deep within your veins without you knowing it’s happening. If left untreated it can travel to other areas of your body and make a home inside your lungs and arteries, blocking the flow of blood. This can lead to a pulmonary embolism which is life-threatening.
Every year pulmonary embolisms are responsible for 100,000 deaths in the United States. More awareness needs to be made about the dangers of blood clots. However there are still many misconceptions when it comes to blood clots.
Myth: DVT’s don’t affect healthy and young people.
Fact: DVT’s can happen to anyone despite their health or age. You can develop a higher risk the older you get especially if you are leading an unhealthy lifestyle but there are cases of young people who have died due to a blood clot.
Myth: If a blood clot forms, it’s too late to stop it.
Fact: You are at a higher risk of developing a blood clot if you have habits such as smoking or rol over these issues so changing those habits can certainly stop a clot from forming. It’s important to exercise, eat healthy, drink lots of water and quit smoking. If you are pregnant or recently went through surgery than you are also at a higher risk. Talk to your doctor about preventative measures.
Myth: A symptom of DVT is pain in your leg.
Fact: DVT has a better symptom and that’s swelling. Some people may experience pain in their leg but there is also swelling. If you experience pain or swelling in your leg go to the emergency room immediately to be diagnosed.
Myth: Avoid blood clots by flying first class.
Fact: Although you can get blood clots from a sedentary lifestyle infrequent flying is unlikely to cause clots. Most people believe that flight-related blood clots are caused due to the size of your seat. Really it has more to do with how much you move around during your flight. Whether you are seated in first class or not, go for an aisle seat that way you can get up and move around during your flight.
The best way to avoid DVT from forming while on a flight is to move around, the same can be done for people who spend a lot of time sitting at their desks. Even if you can’t get up and move around a lot you can lift your foot up and down while you remain seated. That movement is enough to get your blood flowing. Try doing it 10 times every 20 minutes when seated.
Knowing about the facts of DVT can reduce your risks of developing blood clots. Once you recognize your symptoms you can get early treatment which prevents more serious complications.