Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a serious medical condition where blood clots form in deep veins, typically in the legs. DVT can be caused by prolonged inactivity or immobility, so exercise is essential in preventing it. Avoid putting yourself at risk for DVT by staying active. Learn about our top 5 recommended exercises for prevention.
Walking is a low-impact exercise that can help increase blood flow in the legs, reducing the risk of blood clots. Walking for at least 30 minutes a day is recommended to maintain good circulation.
Cycling helps keep the leg muscles active, improving blood flow and reducing the risk of blood clots. If weather conditions make it difficult to cycle outside, consider using a stationary bike indoors to keep your legs active and reduce your risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).
Swimming is a full-body workout that is great for improving cardiovascular health and reducing the risk of DVT. By working the leg muscles, it promotes blood flow and prevents blood clots.
Yoga is an excellent exercise for improving flexibility, reducing stress, and promoting circulation. Certain yoga poses, such as the downward dog, help improve blood flow to the legs, reducing the risk of DVT.
Strength training exercises, such as squats and lunges, help strengthen the leg muscles, which can improve blood flow and prevent DVT. Your workout routine should include strength training exercises at least twice a week.
DVT can happen to anyone at any age, but it’s most common in people over 60. You’re at more risk if you sit for long periods, are pregnant or on birth control pills/have hormone replacement therapy, are overweight, smoke, or have other diseases such as cancer, IBS, or heart failure. If a family member has DVT, you’re also at increased risk. DVT symptoms include aches, pains, swelling (unusual and sudden), usually worse on one side, tenderness, and cramps.
If you’ve had any of these symptoms or just an unexplained pain in your leg that has lasted several days, a simple ultrasound will determine if it’s DVT. Because we’re highly specialized, with seven treatment locations in the St. Louis area, we can schedule your exam and treatment much sooner than other facilities. Let’s get you scheduled today.