Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Blood Clots Can Strike Long-distance Travelers, Patients on Bed Rest

Phlebologist Shares Prevention Techniques to Prevent Deadly Clots  

Deep vein thrombosis affects approximately 2 million Americans every year. What can you do to prevent DVT?

“The goals are to prevent the blood clot from getting bigger and breaking loose and to reduce the chances of another clot,” said Dr. Cindy Asbjornsen.

Dr. Asbjornsen is a nationally recognized vein specialist, member of the American College of Phlebology, and a board certified Phlebologist. She is the founder of the Vein Healthcare Center in South Portland and the Maine Phlebology Association. This month, which is DVT Awareness Month, Dr. Asbjornsen shared prevention techniques with the Bangor Daily News.

Recommendations include moving as soon as possible after an illness or injury, getting up to walk during travel or periods of sitting for more than four hours, and pumping your feet during times when you are on bed rest. Read more Dangerous Blood Clots Can Strike.

DVT is a serious, life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical care but it can be prevented. Find out more about DVT

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