Deep Vein Thrombosis

Dealing with Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep Vein Thrombosis is a medical condition in which a blood clot is formed in a vein located deep inside the body. It usually occurs in thighs or lower leg. In severe cases, blood clots can travel through bloodstream, blocking blood flow to lungs resulting in fatal conditions like pulmonary embolism. The signs of deep vein thrombosis include swelling and pain in legs, warm, red skin, and tired legs. It occurs most commonly in elderly adults over 50 years of age.
Deep vein thrombosis treatment includes medication, exercise, losing excess body weight, pneumatic compression and proper diet (inclusion of more Vitamin K in your diet). Wearing compression stockings or wraps and elevating your legs help prevent swelling and formation of clots. Using heat and compression therapy like heating pads, heat belt, infrared lamps or massagers, hot gel packs on your affected leg may provide pain relief.

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