March is DVT Awareness Month. DVT stands for Deep Vein Thrombosis. DVT is basically the condition of blood clots in the deep veins, usually the calf or thigh muscle. DVT can damage the valves in your blood vessels, causing pain and swelling. But, more dangerously, blood clots can break free and travel through the bloodstream and damage major organs – most specifically the heart and lungs. This condition is known as pulmonary embolism. Blood clots in the deep veins in the thigh muscles are the frequent culprits of pulmonary embolism.
So, who is at greater risk of developing DVT? The following conditions may make DVT more likely;
- Inherited blood-clotting disorder – An inherited disorder would make the development of blood clots is more common.
- Prolonged bed rest – When the legs do not move for long periods of time, it is more difficult for blood to circulate.
- Injury or surgery – Injury or surgery to the veins increases blood clot risks.
- Pregnancy – Increased pressure in the veins during pregnancy makes these women more susceptible to blood clots.
- Birth control or hormone replacement therapy – Both increase risk of blood clots.
- Overweight or obesity – Extra weight can increase pressure on the veins making blood clots more likely.
- Smoking – Smoking affects circulation, which increases the risk of DVT.
- Cancer – The disease itself, as well as some of the treatments involved can increase the risk of blood clots.
- Heart failure – Those with limited heart and lung function can be at greater risk of pulmonary embolism.
- Inflammatory bowel disease – Diseases such as Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis can both increase risk of DVT.
- Personal or family history – Risk factors can be hereditary.
- Age – Although people of any age can develop DVT, those over the age of 60 are at greater risk.
- Sitting for long periods of time – Remaining still for long periods of time (car or air travel, for example) can negatively affect circulation leading to greater risk of DVT.
Source: Mayo Clinic
If you experience any of the previous conditions, or any combinations of these conditions, you are at a greater risk for developing DVT. Your doctor may suggest that you begin wearing compression hosiery to promote circulation and prevent dangerous blood clots. The good news is that compression stockings do not have to be ugly or uncomfortable, as they have traditionally been thought of.
Therafirm has many beautiful and fashionable options that allow those at risk for DVT to follow doctor’s orders and still maintain a stylish and modern look.
EASE, a fairly new brand from Therafirm, offers very fashionable styles and colors, also, but in higher compression levels (15-20mmHg, 20-30mmHg and 30-40mmHg). EASE hosiery products are made with beautiful fibers and are designed to be easier to put on and more comfortable to wear. A recent addition to our EASE line is Microfiber Tights. These beautiful tights are not only fashionable, but incredibly comfortable, offering the necessary compression for those at risk of developing DVT.
And an exciting new addition in the EASE family, available only just this month, is Sheer EASE. With all the same benefits of our previous opaque EASE line, but in beautiful sheer fabrics. Look for this option coming to our www.therafirm.com website within days!
Sheer EASE Knee Highs in Natural.
Sheer EASE Pantyhose in Sand.
Sheer EASE Thigh Highs in Bronze.
It’s an exciting time to wear compression hosiery, because the fashionable choices from Therafirm allow you to prevent DVT and not compromise on style!
*Contraindications: Any skin irritations, allergies to dyes, congestive heart failure, arterial disorders, existing DVT. If any of these conditions apply, please consult your physician for advice.
** Disclaimer – Not to take the place of medical advice. Always consult with your doctor about health concerns.