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Stay at Home Measures Increase Your Risk of Blood Clots

With many states still sheltering in place to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on communities, we’ve seen more and more people becoming increasingly inactive. Gyms are closed and it’s harder than ever to get motivated to exercise—especially when Netflix continues releasing new, blockbuster hits. However, living a sedentary lifestyle is dangerous. Inactivity greatly increases your risk of developing a blood clot, which can be life threatening. As medical practices begin opening up for elective treatments unrelated to COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to get checked. 

Blood clots are dangerous and can result in pulmonary embolisms, which are often fatal. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize when they have a blood clot until it’s too late. To reduce your chances of developing clots, it’s important to stay active and keep an eye out for any signs or symptoms of problems. If you find yourself sitting around all day, make it a habit to, at the very least, stand up and stretch regularly. This simple act can help reduce your chances of developing a blood clot and doesn’t take much effort. Set a timer to get up, move, and stretch for 10 minutes every 2 hours and try to perform some sort of moderate, aerobic exercises at least 3-5 times per week. 

If you notice any signs or symptoms of a blood clot, contact your doctor immediately. Symptoms of blood clots include swelling, discomfort, warm-to-touch skin, and discoloration. You might also notice signs of chest or back pain, shortness of breath, fever, or severe headaches. Calling your doctor at the first symptom of a blood clot will reduce your likelihood of severe complications, including death. Remember, blood clots are serious and should not be taken lightly, especially during these trying times. 

Even though we’re all stuck at home, it’s important to prioritize our health. The stay at home order is a great reason to get checked by a board-certified vein specialist like the ones at Illinois Vein Specialists. At IVS, we offer screening services to determine your current venous health as you start to get back to working and moving again. Even if you’re still stuck at home, you can and should take steps to be more active. Go outside for a walk, check out one of the free YouTube exercise videos, or simply get up and move periodically throughout the day. Any activity will help your blood circulate more efficiently and can reduce your chances of developing a blood clot. 


At Illinois Vein Specialists, we understand that seeking proper care is just as important to you as it is for us. That is why we focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and provide the most advanced and effective treatments available today. We treat patients from Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Chicago, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois. We understand that when you choose a doctor you want to go to someone you know, like and trust, and honestly so do we. We know that patients come to us most often from satisfied patient referrals, but we encourage you to do your own homework and ask around. In the end no matter where you live or who you decide to have treat your varicose or spider veins find someone who focuses only on diagnosing and treating varicose and spider veins -- find a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic Doctor (formerly known as Phlebologist).

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