Tips for preventing DVT
March is deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) awareness month.
DVT occurs when a blot clot forms in a large vein, and it can result in pulmonary embolism or death if part of the clot breaks off and travels to the lungs.
NBC reporter David Bloom died after complications from DVT seven years ago, and his wife, Melanie, is the national spokeswoman for the Coalition to Prevent Deep-Vein Thrombosis. Here are tips from the coalition for preventing DVT if you're taking a long-distance trip:
Before leaving, practice calf and leg exercises that you can do while sitting.
During a trip, stretch your legs as much as possible.
Wear compression stockings to help with the circulation of blood in the legs.
Stay hydrated; dehydration can increase the concentration of clotting factors in the blood.
Talk to your doctor about your risk factors and ask whether taking a "blood thinner" can help you.
For exercises and more information, visit www.preventdvt.org.