DVT, or deep vein thrombosis, is a clotting condition that particularly affects the veins that are deeper in your senior’s body. Typically, these types of clots form in your senior’s legs, but they can form elsewhere in her body. Your senior may have more risk factors for DVT than you realize, so it’s important to get as much information as you can.
Being Sedentary for Long Periods of Time
The risk of deep vein thrombosis becomes much higher when your senior spends longer periods of time not moving much. That’s why things like a long car trip or a plane ride can be a little nerve-wracking for your senior’s doctor if she might be prone to DVT. Becoming more active in general may help, but this also depends on other factors.
Carrying a Little More Weight
Being overweight, even by just a few pounds, can be a risk factor for many health issues. Your elderly family member’s doctor may recommend that she look for ways to reduce her weight, whether that means becoming more active or adjusting her diet a bit. Having a caregiver helping with meal preparation can make this task a lot easier for your senior.
Having Disorders that Cause Blood Clots
Some health issues may raise your senior’s risk for developing deep vein thrombosis. This is especially true if those health issues are ones that contribute to blood clot formation. Talk to your senior’s doctor about how her existing health issues might make DVT more likely. It’s possible that adjusting medications she’s already on can help both issues.
Having a Family History of DVT
Family medical histories are important to know, because very often those health issues do get passed down. If your elderly family member isn’t sure about how her family history might impact her experience with DVT, talk to some other family members. One of them might know something that can help.
Being a Smoker
Smoking is a huge health risk for so many conditions. It particularly affects your senior’s lungs and circulatory system, which includes anything related to clotting. If she’s finally ready to talk about quitting for good, there are programs that can help. Talk to your senior’s doctor and determine what the best course of action is for her so that she can quit for good.
Your senior’s doctor can help you to put together a comprehensive plan for managing her DVT risk factors.
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