Attention Lovenox users: Learn about these unexpected causes of DVT



Those using Lovenox are likely at risk of suffering from deep vein thrombosis (DVT). These are blood clots that can lead to a number of health concerns.

Those using Lovenox are likely at risk of suffering from deep vein thrombosis (DVT). These are blood clots that can lead to a number of health concerns. Although most only consider DVT a threat when undergoing certain surgeries, there are some unexpected causes that users should be aware of:

Holiday travels
Most cases of DVT occur in the lower legs and thighs, which is why travel during the holidays can be a serious cause for concern for someone who is already at risk of these blood clots. Whether you're flying, driving or commuting by bus or train, long trips generally lead to one thing: a lot of sitting. As a result, the circulation in your legs is greatly reduced, which may lead to a blood clot. If such an instance occurs and the clot travels to the heart, lungs or brain, it can be fatal.

"If you plan to travel overseas or cross country, make sure you get up and walk around at least every two hours, and try not to sleep more than four hours at a time," Dr. Alan Lumsden, cardio surgeon at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, explained to Newswise. "Drink plenty of water or juices, wear loose-fitting clothing, eat light meals and limit alcohol consumption."

Patients who already buy Lovenox may be at a greater risk due to their existing circulation problems. Others who should take these tips into consideration include seniors. Lumsden suggests that people traveling long distances this holiday season take these added precautions:

  • Wear compression stockings
  • Extend legs forward when unable to get up, moving feet in circular motions
  • Stretch legs by bringing the knee up to the chest for 15 seconds

Shaving
San Antonio NBC affiliate WOAI reported on a woman who developed DVT after cutting herself while shaving. Delaine Mathieu was shaving her legs when she nicked a varicose vein. The minor injury became infected and eventually led to the blood clot. However, doctors were able to treat the condition immediately, which led to eventual recovery for Mathieu.

It's important for individuals expressing DVT symptoms to talk to their doctor immediately. Signs found in the legs to be aware of include:

  • Severe pain
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Redness
  • Increased warmth

Many doctors will prescribe blood thinners, aspirin, Lovenox or other Canadian drugs to help decrease one's risk for DVT.