At NRS Healthcare, we provide daily living aids, which are products to use at home to increase mobility and the ability to complete everyday tasks.
If you are at risk of DVT or have had the condition before, you may be interested in using a Pedal exerciser to increase your activity levels and exercise the lower legs. This is a really useful product for people who are unable to move around safely to exercise, but who have good leg function.
If you have mobility problems due to injury, ill health, disability or old age, you may find mobility aids useful to help you get around safely, which will increase your activity levels and lower your risk of developing deep vein thrombosis. For example, some people may be able to use a four wheel rollator, designed to help you walk with support, and with the added benefit of a built-in chair for resting.
NRS Healthcare has a team of occupational therapists who can advise what products for deep vein thrombosis may be useful to you. Contact them on 0345 121 8111 or email [email protected]
PLEASE NOTE: our Product Advice Team can only give advice about equipment and products which may help you to live more independently. They cannot give any advice on medications or treatments for symptoms of this condition.
Diet for deep vein thrombosis
There is some evidence that a healthy diet may help lower a person’s risk of deep vein thrombosis, but this is not conclusive. If you are undergoing deep vein thrombosis treatment, you may need to eat a healthy, balanced DVT diet, and avoid alcohol which can interfere with some treatments.
Some people take vitamins and minerals as supplements for deep vein thrombosis. You should always check with your doctor before taking DVT supplements, because they may react with your medical treatments for deep vein thrombosis.
It is possible to reduce your blood cholesterol levels through subtle dietary changes. Read this personal story about how lifestyle changes can lower cholesterol.
Read general healthy eating advice from the NHS Change4Life website.
Exercise for deep vein thrombosis
Regular activity is really important for our overall health and wellbeing, and can help lower the risk of conditions such as deep vein thrombosis, stroke and diabetes.
Deep vein thrombosis is more common in people who have long periods of sitting still or without moving around. DVT can occur in people who have just had an operation or a long trip. Hospitals tend to get people up and about as soon as possible to avoid the risk of DVT, and airlines recommend exercise for deep vein thrombosis prevention such as these simple leg movements and massages. Check with your doctor before starting a new exercise or activity regime.
Read more information about how to get more physical activity into your life.
Deep vein thrombosis and employment
There is no reason why someone who has experienced DVT cannot work, although they are likely to need time off for hospital treatment and recovery. If you have a very sedentary job where you sit for most of the day, you may need to ensure you can move around more frequently and increase your activity levels through the day.