Managing your DVT over Christmas and New Year

‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry!  Having a DVT needn’t ruin your Christmas so here are a few tips to help you manage over the festive period:

  1. Once you have finished your lovely Christmas lunch (or dinner!) it’s usually followed by finding that comfy spot on the sofa and hoping that you can avoid the washing up.  Just make sure that you keep mobile, may be go for a little walk after your meal, this will improve blood flow in your legs.  Likewise, if you’re travelling, have a stretch and move around regularly.
  2. Brussel Sprouts, you either love them or hate them, but did you know they are high in vitamin K which is essential part of your body’s clotting process?  However, too much vitamin K can impact the effectiveness of Warfarin, so if sprouts are your favourite trimming, eat in moderation!
  3. If you’re enjoying a tipple over Christmas, bear in mind alcohol not only dehydrates you but may interact with your treatment (particularly Warfarin) so drink alcoholic beverages in moderation and drink plenty of water; staying hydrated is very important.
  4. Whilst receiving treatment for a DVT, double check you have enough medication to cover you over the festive period and if not, speak to your GP as you may need a repeat prescription before the pharmacies close.

Whilst we hope these tips are useful and light hearted, we would like to remind you that if your symptoms worsen and you have any of the following:

  • Swollen, red and/or painful legs
  • Cough, with or without blood
  • Chest pain
  • Breathlessness

Please get medical advice immediately by calling your GP or dialling 111 or attend the nearest A&E and tell them about your DVT.  In cases of an emergency, please call 999 immediately.

Finally from everyone at GP Care, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!