The Hospital and DVT

If you find yourself bed-bound at home or in a hospital in Marietta or Atlanta, deep vein thrombosis could become an issue.

Deep Vein Thrombosis at the Hospital

The hospital is the last place many people would assume they are at risk for developing a serious health problem. After all, the close watch and care of so many physicians and health specialists can make you feel better taken care of than you do in your own home. Unfortunately, the hospital can provide a false sense of security. Even while you are under doctor’s care, you need to put your health first and engage in healthy activities that are best for you.

Deep vein thrombosis isn’t contagious—you can’t contract it by being exposed to someone else in the hospital with the vein disease. However, many people are at a higher risk of developing DVT while at the hospital due to the amount of bed rest that comes with an extended hospital stay.

Sometimes bed rest really is one of the most important factors influencing a person’s recovery. This is true of serious illnesses that break down the immune system as well as after surgery. However, during times of extended rest you are at your biggest risk of developing blood clots and deep vein thrombosis, which can potentially become fatal if pulmonary embolism (PE) occurs, which develops when blood clots in the deep veins travel to the lungs.

The U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently researched cases of DVT and pulmonary embolism among hospital patients over the course of two years and found that over 547,000 patients developed these two conditions while in hospital care.

It’s estimated that about 29,000 hospital patients die of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism every year, a condition known together as venous thromboembolism.

Preventing Blood Clots in the Hospital

Being in the hospital for an extended period of time isn’t usually something someone is hoping for—or expecting. If you do find yourself in the hospital, there are a number of things you can do to prevent blood clots from forming.

  • Get up and walk: Tell your doctor you are in need of movement, and that you would like to take brief walks down the hallway every couple of hours. This isn’t an option in all circumstances, but break up your bed rest with some activity if your doctor gives the OK.
  • Talk to your doctor: Express your concern for blood clots to your physician, and let them know that you would like to take steps to prevent clots during your stay. If you are bed bound, there are other steps your doctor can take to help you prevent clots while you are in the hospital.
  • Stay hydrated: Dehydration can lead to blood clots. Too many people forget to stay hydrated while they are staying in bed. Drink plenty of fluids to prevent blood clots while you are in the hospital.

The hospital isn’t the only place you can develop deep vein thrombosis. Try to be active and refrain from sitting still for prolonged periods while traveling or working to prevent DVT during your regular schedule, too.

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