Dr. Farshad Malekmehr
at the California Institute of Deep Venous Thrombosis has offered five tips for
significantly reducing your risk of suffering from deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
You already know how important it is to stay active - both for your
physical health and your mental outlook. However, for those looking to avoid
deep vein thrombosis, keeping active and fit is particularly necessary. You
don't necessarily need a hugely rigorous exercise regimen - simply a half hour
to an hour of walking, swimming, or biking every day can make an enormous
• Lose Weight:
It's no secret that the battle of the bulge is rarely
easy to fight, but the benefits of managing your weight through a healthy diet
are well worth the effort. Get in touch with a skilled dietician or simply
start paying attention to calories to make sure you're not taking in more than
you're burning each day. At the very least, greasy fried foods, sugary sodas,
empty calorie candies, and other diet-destroying treats should be kept to an
• Get Your Blood Pressure Checked:
These days, you don't need to visit
the doctor's office to have your blood pressure checked. Portable machines are
easier to use than ever and many drug stores also provide access to in-store
testing machines. Blood pressure can rise because of stress, smoking, and
weight gain/obesity as well as excessive sodium intake, among other causes.
Learn how to check yours - and do it regularly - so you'll know when it's
rising to unsafe levels and can alert your doctor. High blood pressure has no
known symptoms, so regular testing is the only sure way to beat this condition
often called "the silent killer."
• Do Stretches or Take Breaks when Sitting for Long Periods:
on an airplane for extended periods (4 hours or more), be sure to walk around
the cabin or, if possible, do leg stretches before and during the flight. It's
also important to stay well-hydrated and avoid alcohol to reduce your risk of
• Consider Alternatives to Birth Control Pills:
Certain birth control
pills can lead to dangerous blood clots in the veins of women who take them,
according to a study published in the medical journal BMJ
. If blood
clots are a concern, you might want to talk to your doctor about alternative
forms of contraception.
DVT Advice from a Proven Expert:
there's no way to know for sure that you'll never suffer from the symptoms of
deep vein thrombosis, you can substantially reduce your risk of experiencing
the condition by following the steps listed above.