Prevent deep vein thrombosis (TVT) with compression stockings
introduction Deep vein thrombosis (also called DVT) occurs when blood clots form in veins deep in your body. These clots can appear anywhere in the body. However, this condition often affects the lower leg or thigh. Symptoms of DVT include swelling, pain or tenderness, and skin that may feel warm to the touch. TVT can happen to anyone. However, you are at higher risk of developing DVT after surgery or trauma. Obesity and smoking are also risk factors. DVT is a serious condition because a blood clot can travel to the lungs and block an artery. This is called pulmonary embolism. The risk of this condition is higher even after surgery. Because DVT can lead to serious complications, your doctor may recommend using TVT compression stockings to reduce swelling and improve blood flow to the heart and lungs. If you are not familiar with how these stockings work, you should know the following. How do compression stockings work? Compression stockings are like tights, but they are made of a different material and serve a different purpose. While you can wear normal stockings as fashion or to protect your legs, compression stockings have an elastic fabric that fits snugly around the ankles, legs and thighs. These stockings are tighter around the ankles and less tight around the calves and thighs. The pressure created by the stockings pushes fluid up the leg, allowing blood to flow freely from the legs to the heart. Compression stockings not only improve blood circulation, they also relieve swelling and pain. They are particularly recommended for the prevention of DVT, as blood pressure prevents blood from accumulating and clotting.