Date registered: Feb 2006
Vehicle: 1999 ML320
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Quoted: 310 Post(s)
Deep vein thrombosis (also called DVT or blood clots) is an under-diagnosed and preventable medical condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in a large vein. Every year 30,000 to 60,000 people in the U.S. die when part of the clot breaks off and travels through the bloodstream to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism. Learn if you’re at risk and how to protect yourself.
Factors that increase the risk of developing DVT include:
• Major surgery
• Immobility, such as being in the hospital and long travel
• Recent injury
• Increased estrogen, from birth control pills, pregnancy, and certain medications
• Certain chronic medical illnesses, such as heart disease and cancer
• Previous DVT
• Age (risk increases as age increases)
Five steps you can take to protect yourself:
Photo: A woman walking her dog.
a man and woman walking.
1. Move around as soon as possible after having been confined to bed, such as after surgery,
illness, or injury.
2. Talk to your doctor about wearing graduated compression stockings (sometimes called "support
hose" or "medical compression stockings").
3. When sitting for long periods of time, such as when traveling for more than four hours:
• Get up and walk around every 2 to 3 hours.
• Exercise your legs while you’re sitting by:
• Raising and lowering your heels while keeping your toes on the floor.
• Raising and lowering your toes while keeping your heels on the floor.
• Tightening and releasing your leg muscles.
• Drink plenty of water, and avoid drinking anything with alcohol or caffeine in it.
4. Talk to your doctor about medication (anticoagulants) to prevent or treat DVT.
5. Exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight, and don’t smoke.