DVT and its effect in sports

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Sports and beauty medicine is important to many athletes. Sometimes certain conditions can have a negative effect on our appearance and cause us to be a little self-conscious. DVT is one such medical condition, and can be treated, resulting in an improved self-image.

The website here, depicts one case of DVT affecting sports athletes in today’s society. Deep Vein Thrombosis, is a blood clot caused by limited blood flow. The surrounding environment athletes are subject to can affect the body’s circulatory system and cause Deep Vein Thrombosis. Travelling conditions, whether it be road, railway or airborne, and should be considered when you are considering making travel plans as it could complicate DVT.

The stress and conditions in which a DVT case is subject is an important factor to consider when planning travel arrangements.

Boating sports, such as sailing, can also contribute to the effects of DVT, but there are things we can do to try and ease the discomfort of the condition. It sometimes just takes a little investigating your options. Boating sports aren’t the only athletes to suffer from DVT or have it affect their sports career. DVT can prove to be an increased complication for other sports as well, like football, baseball, soccer, and tennis as movement is a crucial part of the sport.

Sometimes, conditions factor into planning like the duration and frequency of which the patient travels, seating constraints like insufficient leg room, any medical issues also can often complicate travel and the comfort of the patient. Try to wear looser fitting clothing as wearing tight, movement restricting clothing, sitting and/or sleeping in positions restricting blood flow can contribute as well. This can prove to be troublesome for athletes since most athletic wear is tightly fit so as to absorb perspiration and provides aerodynamic benefits.  Patients with obesity, as well as tall or short patients, may also experience increased immobility and constrained seating discomfort due to extra weight, or height.

            Sportsmen and athletes should be knowledgeable about certain conditions specific to air travel swelling of the abdomen slowing down the return of blood flow from the legs, or an increased risk of blood clotting due to lowered oxygen levels and/or pressure. High consumption of alcohol and caffeine can result in dehydration also assisting in DVT complications while travelling. Bodily fluid imbalances have been experienced in some cases of DVT due to low humidity within the aircraft.

Eddie Chaloner, a reputable Varicose Vein surgeon commented on this topic stating “Deep vein thrombosis after a long haul flight is actually quite uncommon in fit and healthy people, so Sophie Weguelin is unlucky to have this happen to her. The sort of people who are at higher risk of DVT after flight at patients with a known tendency to DVT or who have had one in the past. If a DVT is detected promptly and treated correctly with anti-coagulant drugs, most people make a complete recovery with very low risk of long term problems. Delay in diagnosis and treatment can be dangerous and cause the vein to be badly damaged which can create long term complications.”.

So, this tells us help is available, we just need to look for it, and engage in the treatment of the condition. If you’re an athlete who suffers from DVT and wish to get treatment for it, talk to your primary care physician about your options for treatments.  Follow Ask Granny’s advice, don’t let DVT run your life and stop you from looking your best. Get help today, for a better looking tomorrow.