DVT and Smoking

We all know that smoking leads to a number of serious and sometimes life-threatening health conditions. Lung cancer, heart disease, and emphysema are some of the more well-known health conditions that can develop as a result of smoking. However, deep vein thrombosis or DVT is another serious condition that can occur due to smoking.

What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Deep Vein Thrombosis is a medical condition that occurs when a blood clot forms, typically in the legs. DVT can be life-threatening when a blood clot tears free and travels to the lungs, brain, or heart.

What are the symptoms associated with Deep Vein Thrombosis?

In some cases, a DVT has no symptoms until a blood clot breaks free. However, in other cases, leg swelling, leg pain, warmth, and redness is a warning sign that you may have a DVT.

What are the risk factors for Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Smoking, obesity, taking birth control pills, surgery, prolonged sitting, prolonged traveling, bed rest, or having a family or personal history of blood clots are all risk factors for DVT. If you have any of these risk factors, speak with your Woodstock physician about preventative measure you can take to reduce your risks.

How can I reduce my risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis?

If you smoke, quit. If you are obese, lose weight. If you are traveling or sitting for a prolonged period of time, flex and stretch your ankles up to 10 times a day. On long flights, make it a point to get up and stand for a few minutes at least every two hours.

 

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