What Is Deep Vein Thrombosis?

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Though they are very common, many people are unaware of what a deep vein thrombosis actually is. Understanding this health problem can help Orlando home caregivers learn how to help seniors prevent or treat it properly.

What Is a Deep Vein Thrombosis?

A deep vein thrombosis is a type of blood clot that develops from the deep veins in the body. Deep veins run far below the surface of the skin, and since they are usually larger veins, the blood clots that develop in them tend to be bigger. The deep veins of the legs are particularly likely to develop blood clots because it is hard for the heart to pump blood against gravity all the way from the feet to the chest. Though a deep vein thrombosis does not always cause symptoms, people sometimes experience swelling or pain in the affected leg. At first it does not affect the body much, but when a deep vein thrombosis travels to the lungs and blocks a blood vessel, it can result in a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism.

What Causes a Deep Vein Thrombosis?

There are three main factors that can result in a deep vein thrombosis. Abnormal blood flow, inflamed blood vessels, and abnormal amounts of coagulation in blood all result in blood clots. People are far more likely to get a deep vein thrombosis if they live an unhealthy lifestyle and stay seated for long periods of time. Exercising, stopping smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight can help to prevent this condition.

How Do You Treat a Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Most deep vein thrombosis treatment focuses on shrinking a blood clot while preventing it from breaking loose from the leg vein and traveling to the lungs. Anticoagulant medications prevent the clot from getting bigger, but surgery may be required in some situations if blood thinners don’t break the clot up.

With help from a trusted Orlando elder care provider like Prestige Home Care, your loved one will get the assistance he or she needs to prevent manage or prevent medical conditions like DVT. Our compassionate caregivers work around your loved one’s schedule to offer mobility assistance, medication reminders, and assistance with meal preparation and personal care. Call a reliable Care Manager today at 407-329-6613 to learn how our services will benefit your loved one.

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  • Kimberly Miller

    Kimberly Miller, RN, is a proud Florida native with an unwavering commitment to elder care that spans an impressive 25 years. Her extensive journey through central Florida's hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospice companies has not only honed her understanding of disease processes but has also cultivated a profound expertise in navigating the intricate landscape of elder care. Kimberly's dedication to delivering the highest quality of care to patients and their families is evident in every facet of her career. Armed with certifications as an assisted living administrator, Kimberly's primary focus on customer service and her drive to address the holistic needs of individuals—mind, body, and soul—have led her to a resounding conclusion: home care is the future of personalized, high-quality care. Her conviction is rooted in the understanding that a combination of healthy nutrition, physical and mental exercise, and social engagement is directly linked to improved physical and mental well-being. The recent global pandemic has served as a poignant reminder of the limitations of institutional care, further strengthening Kimberly's resolve. Motivated by a profound desire to make a meaningful difference, she has taken the helm at Prestige Home Care. Here, Kimberly is dedicated to providing a level of care that goes beyond industry standards—a level of care she would wholeheartedly entrust to her own family.

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