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Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Description

A deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot which forms in a deep vein, usually in the thigh or calf and is usually caused by long periods of immobility or from poor circulation because of problems such as heart disease.

Our Advice
  • Try to avoid long periods of bed rest. If you have to stay in bed, keep your lower limbs moving on a regular basis.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Take regular exercise.
  • Use support stockings if you have varicose veins.
  • If you are taking a flight, use flight socks to improve circulation, walk around the plane whenever you can and drink plenty of water during the flight.
  • A low dose of aspirin also helps thin the blood but ask the pharmacist if you are taking any other medication or suffer from indigestion.
  • Our pharmacist can help you identify if you may be at higher risk from DVT.