Deep Vein Thrombosis, DVT, is caused by the pooling of blood in a vein which triggers the blood clotting mechanism. The formation of the blood clot, known as a thrombus, usually occurs in a deep leg vein usually between the ankle and the upper calf.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a very serious condition because it can cause permanent damage to the leg or it can lead to pulmonary embolism which is life-threatening. Anyone can be at risk of developing DVT; the risk of developing blood clots increases by 48% for those who sit more than four hours a day. This is not a long period of time when you imagine the number of people sitting at a desk, movie theatre, whilst driving or on a train and watching television.
Symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Deep Vein Thrombosis can occur suddenly and in roughly half the people, DVT does not cause any noticeable symptoms. However, the following symptoms should be taken seriously as they may indicative of DVT and include:
- Skin on the leg feels warm for no known reason
- Experiencing pain whilst walking or standing
- Red or discoloured skin on the leg
- Pronounced veins
- Tired legs
- Swelling in one or both legs
Risk factors for Deep Vein Thrombosis
Apart from sitting for long periods of time, the following factors can increase the risk of developing Deep Vein Thrombosis and include:
- Use of contraceptives
- Limited mobility
Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis
There are many ways to prevent DVT, the main one being the choice of a healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle means eating healthily, drinking lots of water, exercising, limiting the intake of alcohol and caffeine, and abstaining from smoking. If your job means that you are sitting down for long periods of time, try to keep your legs active by moving them even whilst you are sitting just to get blood flowing in the veins. Alternatively, get an Airogym Exerciser, a pocket sized inflatable exercise cushion which can be used whilst you are at your desk or simply sitting down for long periods of time to get the blood moving in the body.
On the subject of sitting down for long periods in time, researchers at Osaka University found that there was a 40% increased risk of pulmonary embolism for every two hours of extra TV watched each day beyond the threshold of 2.5 hours. Our parents used to say that watching TV may be bad for you and it turns out they may have been right.
Compression stockings are often recommended by practitioners to prevent DVT. Compression stockings may offer some degree of protection but they have been shown to have limited effectiveness for long term use because they may affect the clot breakdown mechanisms.
A good alternative to compression stockings is the use of a supplement called Zinopin Daily. Zinopin Daily contains Maqui berry extract, pycnogenol from French maritime pine bark extract and Ginger root extract.
Scientists conducted human studies on French maritime pine bark extract using a dose of 200mg with volunteers who were already at risk of DVT on flights with an average duration of 8 hours. All volunteers underwent a leg scan before the flight and after the flight. The group taking the pine bark extract had no clots whatsoever whereas just over 5% of the placebo group were found to have blood clots.
The same scientific team conducted a similar study to check for ankle swelling using the same dosage of French maritime pine bark extract. Ankle swelling occurs as a result of poor return of blood from the legs and is a good indicator of the risk of DVT. The results showed a marked decrease in ankle swelling in the group that took the pine bark extract.
Whilst the studies carried out used high strength French maritime pine bark extract and involved long haul flights due to the higher risk factors, there is justification in the use of Zinopin Daily for preventing deep vein thrombosis because this is a supplement that you can take on a daily basis. Aside from containing pine bark extract, Zinopin Daily also contains ginger, one of the best circulatory herbs that helps prevent fluid retention in the whole body including the ankles. The use of pine bark and ginger helps prevent the formation of blood clots.
For those who are travelling long haul, Zinopin Long Haul provides higher strengths of French maritime extract similar to the one used in the study.
DVT is a dangerous concern that can strike anyone at any point in their life. Choosing a healthy lifestyle and the right supplement, you may drastically reduce your chances of getting a blood clot.