Deep vein thrombosis is a condition where a clot develops in one of the large veins of the legs or pelvis. This can happen as a result of damage to the blood vessel wall, prolong stasis of blood or a change in the coagulation properties of the blood. It may follow surgery and prolonged periods of being immobile. Most hospitals issue surgical stockings as a matter of course following surgery. Cases of DVT have occurred after long periods of sitting such as on long haul flights, but can also occur if sitting at a desk or in a car.
If there is a family history of DVT, you should advise your medical practitioner if you wish to use the contraceptive pill, which may increase the chance of developing a blood clot. DVT requires treatment to thin the blood in order to prevent a pulmonary embolism.
To reduce your chances of getting a DVT :
Drink a glass of water every 30 minutes when flying.
Don’t drink alcohol, tea or cola drinks as they are de-hydrating.
Walk about as much as possible, take a break when driving or at your desk.
Bend and stretch your legs, contract and relax the calf muscles, rotate the ankles, clench and relax the toes and buttocks.
If there is a family history of DVT wear support stocking when flying.
Nutritional Supplements that could help. (Refer to the individual supplement for cautions in use.)
|Supplement/Herb||What it does||Dosage|
|Antioxidants||Useful for it’s activity in mopping up free radicals and preventing tissue damage.||1 to 2 capsules daily|
|Bioflavanoids||Anti-oxidants which help to strengthen blood vessels.||500mg – 1000mg daily|
|Vitamin E||Powerful anti-oxidant.||400 – 800iu daily|
|Garlic||Makes the blood less sticky, reducing the risk of clots.||3 – 4gm daily|
|Ginger||Improves circulation||1 – 3gm daily|
|Gotu Kola||Improves the structure of the connective tissue surrounding veins.||3 to 4gm daily|
|White Willow||The natural form of aspirin, blood thinning and anti-inflammatory.||1-2gm daily|