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P868 Understanding Venous Thromboembolism

Preventing DVT Preventing deep vein thrombosis means improving blood flow back to your heart. Talk to your healthcare provider about a program of regular exercise, which can help. Elevate your legs whenever they feel swollen or heavy. Follow these tips: 77 Elevate the foot of your bed 5-6 inches using a foam wedge 77When you’re sitting, wiggle your toes and tighten your calves to keep blood moving 77Ask your healthcare provider if you should wear elastic stockings to help with circulation What are DVT symptoms? Deep vein thrombosis occurs without symptoms about 50 percent of the time. When symptoms do occur, they may include: 77 Pain, especially deep in the muscle 77 Swelling 77Aching or tenderness 77 Red or warm skin The symptoms of deep vein thrombosis may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your healthcare provider for a diagnosis. If you have any of these DVT symptoms, call your healthcare provider: 77 Swelling, pain, or both, often in one leg 77 Sudden, continuous pain deep in the muscle 77Worsening ache when you are active or when you stand still for a long time Learning Check! Click the button to take a short quiz on what you’ve learned in Chapter 1. 7


P868 Understanding Venous Thromboembolism
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