Deep vein thrombosis (or DVT) is a type of blood clot that typically develops deep in the veins of the leg. DVT is extremely dangerous as it can dislodge and travel to a major organ, or stifle blood flow to the heart. A deep vein thrombosis could also lead to pulmonary embolisms (PE), in which the blood clot travels to the lungs. According to WebMD approximately 350,000 Americans develop DVT every year and for 10-percent of patients these blood clots are fatal.
Here are 10 ways to protect yourself and prevent a blood clot…
Smoking is one of the several DVT risk factors. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Smoking affects blood clotting and circulation, which can increase your risk of DVT.”
To avoid a blood clot due to smoking, butt out! Research the many ways to effectively quit smoking (i.e., prescription medications, nicotine patch) and join a support group to help you quit for good.