March is national Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Month. It’s especially important during this special month to take the time to learn about what deep vein thrombosis is and what it could mean in your life. There are many habits that can easily affect whether or not you may develop this potentially fatal condition. Take the steps early to make sure that you’re safe. Below we have some health tips chosen specially for this month.
The most important tip for preventing not only deep vein thrombosis but also most vein conditions is to make sure you are staying active. In our modern society, it is easy to neglect basic things that allow blood to circulate. With many people stuck at desks all day we often are constricting our blood flow without being aware of it. It’s important to remember to take time out of every day to keep moving. Allowing some time for basic movement will keep your circulation regular and healthy.
Maintaining A Healthy Diet
Another important factor for healthy blood is a proper diet. There are a variety of different foods that can help with maintaining healthy veins. Good food choices should include high amounts of iron and low cholesterol. Some iron-rich foods include red meat, pork, poultry, seafood, beans, dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, and dried fruit, such as raisins and apricots, as well as iron-fortified cereals, breads and pastas. Iron-rich food will allow your blood production to remain stable and for the blood you produce to be healthy. On the other hand, foods that can lower cholesterol are important in maintaining a normal blood pressure. Some good foods like this are oatmeal, oat bran and other high-fiber foods. Oatmeal contains soluble fiber, which reduces unhealthy low-density lipoprotein, commonly known as “bad” cholesterol.
While these tips can dramatically reduce the chance of deep vein thrombosis and many other venous diseases, outside factors can sometimes cause bad blood clots and DVT, such as diseases or medications that affect blood clotting. For cases like these, it is important to consult with a trained vein specialist to get screened early for any pre-existing conditions. At Northern Illinois Vein Clinic, we can help you with early detection at one of our free screenings. You can also contact us online or call us at (815) 315-1894. For Deep Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month, take the first step in preventing this condition.