Deep Vein Thrombosis – DVT – Fighting the Hidden Killer

March is DVT Awareness Month.

Many frequent travellers are unaware of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) until they experience the dangerous side effects of this hidden killer. This condition occurs when a clotting of blood gets lodged deep inside of your veins, usually around a major muscle in your body. This clot can block off vital blood flow to your body and can result in irreparable damage being done to major organs in your body. This is a fast moving condition that can progress very rapidly and if not caught in time, it can lead to death. The following is some information on this silent killer and how to detect in time to reverse the harmful it can cause.

Common Causes

Our doctors inform us that one of the best ways to fight this disease is by recognizing the common causes of this condition and how to prevent the situation that can lead to this condition. One of the most common causes of DVT is long periods of inactivity in your extremities, usually brought on by extended periods of bed rest or travelling. This means that if you travel for business on a regular basis, you are at a high risk of developing this condition if you do not take the proper steps to reverse the condition.

Preventative Measures

Medicure Clinic doctors suggests that one of the best things that you can do as a regular traveller to prevent the onset of DVT, is to get up and walk around as much as you can during your travels. This will help to keep the blood flowing in your veins, which can reduce the possibility of a clot forming. If you are going to be on a long flight and will not have a chance to move around, then you may want to invest in some compression stockings, which will keep the blood flowing even when you are inactive for long periods of time.

If you are a regular traveller, then the threat of DVT is something that you need to take very seriously. The more you know about how this disease starts, the better chance you will have to avoid the harmful consequences brought on by this condition. Be sure to remember that It’s About You and your health, so take responsibility and be sure to take the threat of this condition seriously.