Tuesday, February 5, 2013

DVT Prevention: Preventing the silent killer

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Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a very dangerous and silent killer that can occur in people of any age. It is, however, more prevalent in adults over 60 years old.

What is DVT?

DVT is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep inside the body. Although DVT can occur in any part of the body, it usually affects the large veins in the legs and thighs.

The clot that breaks off and moves through the bloodstream is called an embolism. This embolism can get then stuck in other parts of the body, like the brain, lungs, and heart, which can cause severe damage. Blood clots can form when blood flow in the veins slows down due to factors such as but not limited to the following:

• Obesity

• Family history of blood clots

• Sitting for long periods of time

• Cancer

• Smoking

• Taking birth control pills or estrogen

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What can be done to prevent DVT?

DVT can be prevented by lifestyle changes, which include quitting smoking, eating healthy, and exercising regularly. People at risk for DVT may also use graduated elastic compression stockings and pneumatic compression boots, both of which prevent blood clots in the lower extremities. In addition, they may take pharmacological solutions, like heparin and warfarin.

Health complications arising from unhealthy lifestyles can drive up healthcare costs, and although medical travel advocates, like Steven Lash and Ronald M. Johnson, make overseas high-quality health care affordable through medical travel services, preventing illnesses by means of a lifestyle change is still recommended for most people.

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Satori World Medical’s website contains more information on how medical travel can help you get high-quality health care at a fraction of the cost.

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