You can help prevent blood clots if you:
- Change your body position often and wear compression stockings. This is especially important during a long trip.
- Consume less salt.
- Do not stand or sit for more than 1 hour at a time.
- Try not to bump or hurt your legs and try not to cross them for long periods when sitting.
- Do not use pillows under your knees.
- Raise the bottom of your bed 4 to 6 inches with blocks or books.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes, socks, or stockings.
- Raise your legs 6 inches above your heart from time to time.
The treatment goals during recovery are to stop an existing clot from growing and prevent the formation of new clots. The primary treatment is blood thinning medication that prevents blood clotting.
Blood-thinners help prevent new blood clots from forming and stop existing clots from getting bigger. By stopping clots from getting bigger, blood thinners allow your body time to dissolve the clots naturally.
Blood-thinners can be taken as:
- an oral pill
- an injection
Blood thinners come with some known side effects and the most common one is an increased risk of bleeding. This could result in blood being present in your urine or stools, coughing up blood, heavy bleeding during a period and nosebleeds.
Seek medical help if any type of bleeding lasts for a prolonged period.
When can you resume normal activities during DVT recovery?
It is often suggested to wait for a few weeks before traveling after a blood clot. Once you resume traveling stay well hydrated and move around often.
Exercise and sports should only be resumed after consultation with health care professionals. A low impact exercise such as swimming is usually a good way to start exercising after a blood clot.
To avoid long-term complications there are several steps you can take to help your recovery, including:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Don’t smoke or try to quit smoking
- Get up and move if you’ve been sitting or traveling for a long time.
- Stand up, walk, and stretch your legs every two to three hours