I have Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

What is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)?

A deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot within a deep vein. A clot inside a blood vessel is called a thrombosis. DVT predominantly develops within the legs and may not be accompanied with any symptoms. The non-specific symptoms of DVT include pain, swelling, redness, warmness, and engorged superficial veins (‘spider veins’) in the leg. DVT may go away naturally, but serious complications can develop when a thrombosis dislodges and travels to the lungs to become a life-threatening pulmonary embolism (PE). DVT and PE are the two manifestations of the disease venous thromboembolism. A late complication of DVT is the post-thrombotic syndrome, which can manifest itself as oedema, pain or discomfort and skin problems. About 1 in 1000 adults develop a DVT annually.

In addition to anti-coagulation treatment, graduated compression socks or stockings, that apply a firm pressure at the ankles and graduate to a lower pressure towards the knees, are recommended for those at risk of developing, showing symptoms of, or have been diagnosed with DVT.

 Factors related to DVT:

Besides inherited attributes, there are many other factors that exacerbate the development of DVT:

  • Older age
  • Major surgery and orthopaedic surgery, cancers
  • Immobilization: e.g. sitting for long periods, e.g. when travelling by air, constrained by orthopaedic casts
  • Pregnancy and the postpartum period
  • Hormonal replacement therapy
  • Central venous catheters
  • Some auto immune diseases
  • Nephrotic syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Infections
  • HIV
  • Polycythemia vera
  • Chemotherapy

 How to prevent DVT?

Regular exercise and movement and in-flight exercises during long-haul flights.

Regular massage of leg (and other) muscles.

Wear loose clothes and graduated compression socks or stockings. Wearing arm sleeves can also be beneficial.

If you suspect that you have DVT type symptoms, we recommend that you contact your Doctor.

So, try out the following TXG Compression Products for yourself or touch base with us to find the perfect graduated compression socks or stockings for you: