There’s so much to celebrate in March – the beginning of spring, outdoor training season, that feeling you get when you book a summer vacation – ahh. While we plan to enjoy all of the above, we want to keep in mind that it’s also National Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Month, a health complication that could put any of those plans to a serious halt. DVT is an often underdiagnosed medical condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein, currently affecting between 300,000 – 600,000 Americans each year (cited from the CDC). These clots commonly occur in the leg, thigh or pelvis and can cause pain, swelling and discoloration of skin. One of the complications of DVT is Pulmonary Embolism (PE), which occurs when the clot breaks off and travels through the bloodstream to the lungs. Luckily, there are some great preventative measures you can take:
Get moving! Many of us spend long hours standing on our feet or sitting (whether it’s behind a desk or on a plane), which is why we can’t emphasize the importance of keeping your blood flowing enough! Take every opportunity you have to move around; if you’re sitting, hop up on your feet every once in a while, take a walk and try keeping your legs uncrossed. If you’re standing, try pacing, stretching and of course, take a few sitting breaks.
Take care of yourself. Staying hydrated, maintaining a balanced diet and putting in work at the gym will all help to prevent DVT. Additionally, you will look and feel amazing. When you don’t drink enough water, your blood can thicken and increase your risk for a blood clot, so be sure to drink at least six to eight 8-ounces of water every day. Be sure to eat your greens (a small salad every day is really the way to go) and try cutting back on fatty meats and sugars, which cause inflammation. Finally, get some exercise in, whether it’s at the gym, the park or your living room.
Upgrade your socks. Another effortless way to prevent DVT this month is by wearing compression socks (preferably with cute polka dots or stripes)! Our high-quality compression socks enhance the natural pumping mechanism in your legs to encourage blood to flow back to your heart and lungs. VIM & VIGR utilizes advanced Gradient Pressure™ knitting technology with the optimum level of 15-20 mmHg graduated compression to energize legs, prevent swelling and clots, alleviate achiness, and aid in muscle recovery. Our compression socks also (stylishly) prevent and reduce spider and varicose veins.
So this March, keep your blood flowing, your heart rate pumping and your legs and feet feeling amazing. You’ll be grateful you did when you’re waiting in Disneyland lines with your kids or running mile 20 out of 26.2!
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