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Everything You Need to Know about DVT

March is all about Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Month. At Ames Walker, we carry a wide variety of graduated compression support hosiery, compression hose, and compression socks and stockings to help alleviate the symptoms of DVT. Continue reading to find out everything you need to know about this condition and how we can help.

What is DVT?

DVT occurs when a blood clot (thrombus) forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body. They can form in both the arms and legs but typically form in the legs. This occurs when veins do not have sufficient muscle lining meaning. In short, there’s nothing to pump blood back to the heart except the movement of large muscles around the veins. When the blood fails to return to the heart and stagnates, DVT is a likely outcome.

What are the effects of DVT?

DVT is a serious condition that can lead to an embolism. This occurs when a blood clot in a deep vein breaks loose. It then travels through your bloodstream to lodge into vital organs in your body, potentially causing damage. This condition is life-threatening when a clot blocks oxygen flow to the lungs, which is known as a pulmonary embolism (PE).

How do you get DVT?

It can develop if you have pre-existing condition that makes you susceptible to blood clotting. It also occurs after long periods of immobility particularly after long flights, surgery, pregnancy, or injury that keeps you bedridden. It may also onset upon damage to tissues surrounding deep veins. Oftentimes, this condition goes unnoticed until a serious injury occurs and proactive measures to combat the danger have passed.

What are the Symptoms?

Deep vein thrombosis can cause pain, swelling, warmth, tenderness, and redness of the leg or arm. However, it may affect you without any evident symptoms which is why it is sometimes referred to as a silent killer.

What is the Prognosis?

Many individuals who experience their first episode of DVT are likely to experience another. Anticoagulation (blood thinners) diminishes the likelihood of DVT significantly. Without them, you’re 50% more likely to suffer from a PE within three months of the first episode. Three months of blood thinners reduce the risk of DVT within the first year to an 8% chance of recurrence. This chance is further reduced by the use of compression stockings. The appropriate lifestyle adjustments will improve your blood flow and keep you healthy, on your feet, and DVT-free.

How can Ames Walker help?

Ames Walker offers a line of compression products to help improve blood flow throughout the body. Reduce the risks of any complications with DVT and act now!

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How do I reduce my risk of DVT?

Did you know that as many as 600,000 people a year develop Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) in the U.S? This condition involves blood clots in leg veins which cause pain, redness, swelling, and even death. Interestingly, more than 1 in 4 adults affected by DVT or pulmonary embolism are under 50 years old. Furthermore, one-third of first time DVT sufferers get a pulmonary embolism after, which kills as many as 100,000 people each year.

Fortunately, there are many ways to help avoid this painful and deadly condition. Here are some actions you can take right now:

  • Look over your Medications
    Birth control, or any estrogen-containing medication, can increase the risk of DVT. If your doctor is worried about your susceptibility, you may need non-hormonal contraception like an IUD or patch. NSAIDs, like ibuprofen and naproxen, also raise the risk of developing blood clots. So check your medicine cabinet!
  • Know your Family History
    With every DVT case in the family, your risk rises. For example, having two siblings with a history of blood clots raises your susceptibility 50-fold. Knowing this allows your doctor to think twice about prescribing certain medications to you.
  • Lose Weight
    Obesity can double DVT risk in people, especially women who are over 5’ 7” and men over 6’ tall. The blood has to pump farther against gravity, which reduces flow in the legs. This increases the chance of blood clotting. So lose the weight to lose the risk!
  • Just Move
    Raising and lowering your heels while sitting, or walking around engages the lower leg muscles which forces blood to move upward. This helps prevent DVT greatly if you sit for long periods of time.
  • Know the Risks If You’re Traveling or Recovering from Surgery
    There are plenty of ways to keep the blood flowing if you plan on being immobile for an extended period. Understand that the risks are especially high for those recovering from surgery and those that are on long flights or car rides. You should flex your feet, stretch your legs, curl and press your toes down, or just work the muscles in your legs to encourage blood flow.
  • Wear Compression Stockings
    Depending on your needs, a great pair of compression socks or hosiery can do wonders for your legs. Whether you’re working, traveling, or getting better, these socks will keep the blood moving even when you can’t.

 

Seek medical assistance for DVT immediately if you experience:

  • Swelling
  • Pain (Charley Horse)
  • Warm to the touch
  • Discoloration (red or blue)

Don’t wait to start DVT prevention as it can quickly lead to pulmonary embolism, or death. Just knowing the risk factors can greatly decrease your chances of developing blood clots. Find out more by visiting Ames Walker today, and find the right compression hosiery for your unique needs.

 

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Compression Arm Sleeves, Gloves & Gauntlets

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While many people are familiar with compression socks and stockings, there are also compression garments for the upper extremities. Similar to those for the legs, compression sleeves, gloves and gauntlets create a graduated pressure in the arm and/or hand that can reduce swelling (edema), pain and fluid retention. They can also increase lymph flow. They’re primarily used for medical conditions that cause blockage in the lymphatic system like lymphedema and for some circulatory system disorders.

Compression Armsleeve Ames WalkerSo, what are they?

A compression sleeve is a fabric tube in a flexible material, usually a seamless circular knit. Depending on style, some feel softer, others will be firmer. The sleeve is tighter at the bottom, closer to the hand, than it is at the top. This is called graduated compression and it helps lymph move in the right direction, towards the heart. It also improves circulation. The sleeve attaches either with a shoulder…

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Voting Has Ended- Results to Come!

Thank you for voting for our Lounge Doctor leg rest, in the American Dreams contest on HSN.com! The votes are being tallied up… stay tuned for the winner announcement this April!

 

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LIVE on HSN tonight!

**Don’t Forget** Tune into HSN tonight between 6-8pm for the American Dreams Contest Show where the Lounge Doctor leg rest will air LIVE.
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Ames Walker’s very own President & CEO Ryan Zell is already in the studio with Dr. Chris Dickson who will explain all about the benefits and the science behind this great product! Our air time is scheduled for 7pm, but that could change so tune in at 6 just in case they are running ahead of schedule!
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ATTENTION! Exciting News!

Ames Walker is pleased to announce that one of our superior new products is a finalist in the American Dreams contest on HSN.com for 2016!
The Lounge Doctor Leg Rest™, which has been a best selling Ames Walker item since January of 2016, has proven itself to be one of the Top 9 new inventions (from over 600 items that HSN was presented with!) for the 2016 American Dreams contest. This is no surprise to us, and might not be to you, since we have seen thousands of lives changed with our product since it’s launch.
The Lounge Doctor Leg Rest™ was passionately designed by vascular surgeon Chris Dickson, after he observed the urgent need for a leg rest that elevated legs in a way that effectively decreased swelling by increasing blood flow back to the heart. After selling over 10,000 leg rests since it’s debut, the Lounge Doctor Leg Rest has earned a fierce customer following on social media, weighing in at over 38,000 “likes” on Facebook, and earning thousands of pleased customer reviews. The Lounge Doctor Leg Rest has changed the way people live their lives in more ways than one. Customers rave that this product is “truly Heaven sent” and “Worth every dollar.” One customer shared, “Last night was the best sleep I have had in the last 20 years!” after using his Lounge Doctor for the first time. Another says the Lounge Doctor is something the developer “should be very proud of.”
The nine finalists are displayed in the December 2016 issue of Good Housekeeping Magazine, as well as on the HSN.com American Dreams web page. Each finalist will also appear on the HSN television channel on December 5th at 6pm, and December 6th at 7am to promote their entries.
With soaring reviews, and growing demand, the Lounge Doctor Leg Rest is hoping to secure the title of “HSN Customer Choice Award Winner” and earn the “Good Housekeeping Seal” for 2016. Peace, Love & Elevation!
As a valued customer and follower we ask that you PLEASE log on and cast your vote now, and every day until December 31st, at http://www.hsn.com/content/AmericanDreams/250?rid=4221&query=American%20Dreams&isSuggested=true
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HAPPY WORLD DIABETES DAY!

Today is WORLD DIABETES DAY!

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