Exercise to Prevent Blood Clots (DVT)

Preventative Measures to Lower your Blood Clot or Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Risk

Blood Clots (also known as DVT) or Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms in the veins that are deep in your body, often in your legs. Blood clots can be caused by many different things — namely anything that causes your blood not to circulate normally or clot properly.

Many factors that increase your risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can easily be controlled though maintaining an active lifestyle and by not smoking. These risk factors include:

  • Sitting for a long period of time while driving, flying, or sitting with limited movement at work
  • Extended periods of physical inactivity
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Failure to Hydrate Appropriately

Additional Factor that may be uncontrollable, include:

  • Inheriting a blood clot disorder
  • Prolonged bed rest
  • Injury or Surgery
  • Pregnancy or Birth Control Pills
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • Cancer
  • Heart Failure
  • Having a Catheter or Pace Maker
  • Having a Family History of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or Pulmonary Embolism (PE)

A Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or Pulmonary Embolism (PE) could turn into a serious condition without the appropriate medical intervention. Click here for more on the Signs and Symptoms of DVT. If you think you may have DVT schedule an appointment with your doctor.

In your prevention of Deep Vein Thrombosis or Pulmonary Embolism remember;

  • Regularly stretch and Exercise your legs and lower calf muscles especially if you’ll be sitting a long time.
  • Move. If you’ve been on bed rest, because of surgery or other factors, the sooner you get moving, the less likely blood clots will develop. Whenever possible, get up and walk around. If you can’t get up to walk around, try raising and lowering your heels while keeping your toes on the floor, then raising your toes while your heels are on the floor.
  • Make lifestyle changes. Lose weight and control your blood pressure. Obesity, smoking and high blood pressure all increase your risk of deep vein thrombosis.
  • Quit Smoking

Click here for an Exercise Guide PDF

For more suggestions, videos, and exercise handouts visit http://www.preventdvt.org/

Referenced: www.Mayoclinic.com, www.prevent dvt.org, on 10/24/2010