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Is there an exercise routine I can try if I have DVT?

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Starting out slowly is best. Here's one routine you can try:

Week 1: Walk for 5 minutes at a comfortable pace, 3-4 times per day.

Week 2: Walk for 10 minutes, 3-4 times per day.

Week 3: Walk for 20 minutes, 3 times per day.

Week 4: Walk for 30 minutes, 2 times per day.

Week 5: Walk for 40 minutes, once a day.

Warm up by walking slowly for 5 minutes. Cool down the same way.

SOURCES:

Circulation : "A Patient’s Guide to Recovery After Deep Vein Thrombosis or Pulmonary Embolism."

CDC: "What is Venous Thromboembolism?

Society for Vascular Surgery: "Deep Vein Thrombosis."

CDC: "Data and Statistics on Venous Thromboembolism."

National Blood Clot Alliance: "Blood Clot FAQs -- Follow-Up Care."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Chronic Venous Insufficiency."

World Journal of Cardiology : "Aerobic vs anaerobic exercise training effects on the cardiovascular system."

Harvard Health Publishing: "Deep vein thrombosis."

North American Thrombosis Forum: "DVT: Guidelines for Activity and Exercise."

National Blood Clot Alliance: "Blood Clot FAQs -- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism Follow Up Care."

North Carolina Blood Research Center: "How Long After My Clot Can I Resume Physical Activities?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): Management and Treatment."

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews : "Graduated compression stockings for prevention of deep vein thrombosis."

Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis : "Guidance for the treatment of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on April 18, 2020

SOURCES:

Circulation : "A Patient’s Guide to Recovery After Deep Vein Thrombosis or Pulmonary Embolism."

CDC: "What is Venous Thromboembolism?

Society for Vascular Surgery: "Deep Vein Thrombosis."

CDC: "Data and Statistics on Venous Thromboembolism."

National Blood Clot Alliance: "Blood Clot FAQs -- Follow-Up Care."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Chronic Venous Insufficiency."

World Journal of Cardiology : "Aerobic vs anaerobic exercise training effects on the cardiovascular system."

Harvard Health Publishing: "Deep vein thrombosis."

North American Thrombosis Forum: "DVT: Guidelines for Activity and Exercise."

National Blood Clot Alliance: "Blood Clot FAQs -- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism Follow Up Care."

North Carolina Blood Research Center: "How Long After My Clot Can I Resume Physical Activities?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): Management and Treatment."

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews : "Graduated compression stockings for prevention of deep vein thrombosis."

Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis : "Guidance for the treatment of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on April 18, 2020

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