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    Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and diving?

    Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and diving?

    In January this year I got a thrombosis in my leg just above the kneecap
    After one night in the hospital I was sent home with order to rest and to take heparin for 40 days.
    It was a secondary vein so it wasn’t that serious they said.
    This occurred after I had being driving for about 11houers almost nonstop in car to go skiing.
    In mid-February I was finished with the medicine and so and they told me that I could do as much sport as I wanted except that I forgot to ask about diving at that time.
    I’m supposedly to go back in June to cheek up so the thrombosis is completely gone, they are saying that the body itself will sort out that without any more medicine.

    What do you think about diving now before will I be at risk or should I just wait?


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    Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and diving?

    It is my understanding that diving is non issue. Exercise is good because it helps circulation.

    First of all, make sure you're talking about a DVT and not a clot in the superficial system. There are only superficial veins on the front on your thigh, and that they told you it's in a secondary system, that is less dangerous, sounds like they're a talking about the superficial system. Superficial clots are usually treated with an aspirin and a warm compress in the US, and not considered dangerous at all.

    DVTs are another matter, and are very dangerous, so you should take measures to prevent having one. Sometimes people who have several superficial clots have a genetic factor that increases clotting activity, and it would be worth while to find out if you have this if you've had more than 1 or 2 clots.

    DVTs occur after injury/surgery, or when veinous insufficiency is severe. Body weight, activity(sedentary for long periods), vericous veins, dehydration, and I think smoking are the big contributors. When diving, you are moving your legs, they are at or above your heart level, and your legs are under a nice uniform compression. And, because you don't want DCS, you should be well hydrated. Altogether this looks a lot like the ideal activity to prevent DVT. Speak to your doctor. traveling without moving your legs, and dehydration are the real problems to avoid. Now that you've had one, your dr will probably recommend you wear compression stockings when traveling, and getting up to walk often. Get a fitbit or something that alerts you to move every hour, walking a lot everyday helps your circulation A LOT so get your 10,000 steps. Finally, get a referral to a vein specialist, you now should have one. Good luck , safe travels and happy diving.
    Last edited by Aotus; 16th June 2016 at 13:25.

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