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Drusilla Lovecky
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Jacksonville
Stroke Rehabilitation
Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital
3599 University Blvd. S.
Jacksonville
FL
32216

What is DVT and how can I reduce my risk while traveling this summer?

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot deep within the muscles, usually in the calf or thigh. Clots can break loose and flow to the heart. Traveling for long periods of time can increase the risk of DVT for some individuals. To reduce your risk, remain mobile. Stretch and flex your feet and legs to pump blood.  Get up and walk when possible. Avoid crossing your legs for long periods.  Consider compression stockings; avoid tight clothing. If you have a chronic illness, such as heart disease or diabetes, speak with your physician before planning a lengthy trip to discuss possible medications.

I have hypertension or high blood pressure and take medication to help lower it.  What dietary changes should I make?

 Along with medication, diet modifications can help to lower blood pressure. Simple changes in what you eat and how you prepare food can make a difference.  Add a serving of vegetables and whole grains to meals; eat fruits as snacks. Select leaner meats and fish to reduce saturated fats. Limit salt seasoning.  An adult requires 2300mg of sodium daily or about one teaspoon of salt. This includes the sodium naturally occurring in foods and used in processing.  Someone with hypertension should limit sodium intake to 1500 mg per day. Read food labels to select lower sodium selections.  Don’t add salt; use alternate seasonings.

 

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