5 Tips for patients of deep vein thrombosis during Ramadan
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a serious medical condition in which blood clots are formed in the veins that locate deeply inside the body; its complications (such as pulmonary embolism) could be life threatening leading to death.
Patients of deep vein thrombosis are more liable to develop new bloods clots during Ramadan due to dehydration and increased blood viscosity. So, patients with a history of deep vein thrombosis are advised to see their doctor before Ramadan to detect whether they are able to fast this year or not.
On the other side, patients of deep vein thrombosis should follow the following tips:
- Drinking plenty of fluids is the main preventive measure for patients of deep vein thrombosis during Ramadan to prevent developing new blood clots. Also soft beverages and caffeine drinks should be limited as they have diuretic effect and causes dehydration and increased blood viscosity, which could lead to formation of new blood clots.
- Housewives who prepare food should avoid standing for long duration in kitchen while preparing food; it's advised to sit for a while on a regular basis or if they feel leg discomfort.
- Doctors recommend walking for 20-30 minutes immediately before Iftar or 1 hour after Iftar to avoid DVT.
- Avoid smoking as it predisposes to deep vein thrombosis.
- Preventive doses of Aspirin could be helpful in protection of DVT, but first you should consult your doctor.