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What are good tips for DVT prevention in over the road truckers?

What are good tips for DVT prevention in over the road truckers?

Frequent Stops: Long distance truckers should consider frequent stops while on the road. Sometimes this is not practical and i will prescribe a set of compression stockings for them to wear (especially if i think that the patient is at risk for blood clot). There is no data to suggest that taking an Aspirin a day prevents blood clots. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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Deep Venous Thrombosis (Definition)

Deep venous thrombosis is a clot within the deep veins of the leg. The blood clot causes pain and swelling of the calf. This is a concerning condition, because if the clot breaks loose, it can travel to the lung and become lodged there, blocking blood ...Read more


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Do support stockings do much for DVT prevention?

No: And most stocking (particularly over the counter) do not offer enough compression to do anything at all. Compression does reduce your risk of post thrombotic syndrome, which is long term pain and swelling in the legs, and this is the use of compression in DVT therapy. ...Read more

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25 year old female going on a long road trip for 15 hours. Am i at risk for dvt? Any precautions i should take before, during, and after?

25 year old female going on a long road trip for 15 hours. Am i at risk for dvt? Any precautions i should take before, during, and after?

Road Trip: Hydrate well with water. Get up and walk around every couple of hours. While you are sitting in the car you can squeeze and release muscles in feet, calves, thighs and buttocks. ...Read more

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When on a road trip how much does getting out of the car every hour or two and walking cut down the risks of dvt in people with no other risk factors?

When on a road trip how much does getting out of the car every hour or two and walking cut down the risks of dvt in people with no other risk factors?

Go with the motion.: Although it is important to be aware of the risk factors involving dvt formation, remember, any one can be affected by a dvt, risk factor or not. Traveling on long trips is a well documented risk factor. Lack of leg movement can cause the blood flow in the legs to slow and increase dvt chances. Long trips, without adequate motion, increases your chances of forming a dvt by 2 to 4 times. ...Read more

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Hi, had a pain in calf for 6 weeks. Do lots of road cyling . Went to physio who advised potential dvt. Seen doc and all she said no to DVT as had pain for 6 weeks. Pain also now in groin. Any advice?

Hi, had a pain in calf for 6 weeks. Do lots of road cyling . Went to physio who advised potential dvt.  Seen doc and all she said no to DVT as had pain for 6 weeks. Pain also now in groin. Any advice?

Reflux study: You may have problems with the valves in your veins. This is what leads to varicose veins and can cause swelling and pain in the legs as well. Ask you doctor to order you a reflux study of the legs to evaluate for venous insufiiciency. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are the chances of a DVT clot bursting and killing you? Are there any symptoms before it ruptures and can it be prevented from rupturing?

What are the chances of a DVT clot bursting and killing you?  Are there any symptoms before it ruptures and can it be prevented from rupturing?

There is risk: Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot adhering to the wall of a vein, typically in the leg, but can happen anywhere in the body. Once the clot is there the primary concern is that it can break free from the vascular wall (embolism) and move downstream and get lodged in the lung where it will damage the lung and possibly kill you if not treated right away. Prescribed blood thinners can prevent it. ...Read more

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Can a tummy tuck cause deep vein thrombosis? I've been told that deep vein thrombosis can happen during or after a tummy tuck. Is this true, and if so, why? How is it prevented? .

Can a tummy tuck cause deep vein thrombosis? I've been told that deep vein thrombosis can happen during or after a tummy tuck. Is this true, and if so, why? How is it prevented?

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Virchow's triad: The tummy tuck itself does not cause the clot but the stasis ( lack of movement) associated with being still under general anesthesia or in the post-operative period. To minimize this using foot pumps during surgery with compression stocking as well as encouraging movement after surgery is prescribed. Blood thinners may be used for high risk patients but not typically advised. ...Read more

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Are there good exercises to do to prevent DVT and pe on long flights?

Are there good exercises to do to prevent DVT and pe on long flights?

Move feet, walk: If in economy seats: 1) flex, extend, & evert to both sides your feet several times every hour. Bend each foot at the ankle down, then up, then to the left & right. This will get the circulation moving in the legs. If in a premium seat, stretch your legs and flex/extend at the knee to move blood in the thigh & knee. 2) if permitted, walk around the cabin too. ...Read more

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