Deep Vein Thrombosis Awareness Campaign
To Raise The Public's Awareness of D.V.T
Symptoms of DVT
Causes of DVT
Diagnosis of DVT
Treatment of DVT
Prevention of DVT
Pregnancy and DVT
Prevention of DVT
Prevention of DVT

Awareness of DVT is the best way to prevent this condition. Medical professionals have recognised DVT for almost 2 centuries, but until recently, only a small number of people were informed about the disease. Without knowledge of DVT as a medical problem, the public cannot engage healthcare providers to discuss lifestyle changes and more intensive measures that usually succeed in preventing this illness.

Prevention whilst Flying:- This is applicable to all long journeys, and when sitting for long periods at work.  

·          Do not take excessive alcohol as alcohol can cause dehydration and immobility

·          Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration

·          Exercise your calf and foot muscles regularly:

o        Every half hour or so, bend and straighten your legs, feet and toes when you are seated.

o        Press the balls of your feet down hard against the floor or footrest every so often. This helps to increase the blood flow in your legs

o        Take a walk up and down the aisle every hour or so, when the aircraft crew say it is safe to do so.

o        If you are allowed, get off the plane and walk about if the plane stops for refuelling.

·          Consider wearing compression stockings

o        The slight pressure from the stocking helps to prevent blood 'pooling' in the calf. Stockings do not replace the need for regular exercises. They are in addition to exercises.

·          Some people at high risk may also be advised to take anticoagulant medication

o        If you think you are at high risk, for example

§          With family history

§          Previous DVT or PE

§          Major Surgery in the last three months

§          Have cancer or treatment for cancer I the past

§          Had a stroke

o        Contact your doctor before you fly to discuss your risk and options.

Prevention after Surgery:-  

·          After surgery, get up and moving as quickly as possible.

·          If you are unable to get up, flex your ankles and toes.