Deep Vein Thrombosis treatment and prevention with natural supplements
September 28 2015

Deep vein thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot in a deep vein. It is a form of thrombophlebitis (inflammation of a vein with clot formation). Traveling long distances in cars and planes could put you at risk to these potentially deadly blood clots in the deep veins of the lower legs and thighs.

There are natural herbs and substances that thin the blood and could reduce this risk. For instance fish oils and garlic. You can many of them mentioned and discussed in the article on blood clot mentioned above.

Risks, causes, what makes it happen
The risk of developing a blood clot or deep vein thrombosis increase after sitting on a plane for four hours or longer. Tall people whose legs are jammed in economy class or those who are very short and whose feet do not touch the ground have a higher risk of blood clots linked to immobility during travel.

 Middle-aged adults who watch TV for an average of 5 or more hours per night face an many-fold increased risk of fatal pulmonary embolism, compared with those who watch less than 2 hours per night.

Treatment and prevention
Aspirin may offer a good alternative for warfarin Coumadin for people who've had blood clots in the deep veins of the legs and can't tolerate long-term use of blood thinners.

Aesthet Surg J. 2015. Importance of Postoperative Hydration and Lower Extremity Elevation in Preventing Deep Venous Thrombosis in Full Abdominoplasty: A Report on 450 Consecutive Cases Over a 37-Year Period.

Blood. 2014 Feb 4. Duration of anticoagulant therapy for deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. It takes about 3 months to complete "active treatment" of venous thromboembolism (VTE), with further treatment serving to prevent new episodes of thrombosis ("pure secondary prevention"). Consequently, VTE should generally be treated for either 3 months or indefinitely (see text for exceptions). The decision to stop anticoagulants at 3 months or to treat indefinitely is dominated by the long-term risk of recurrence, and secondarily influenced by the risk of bleeding and by patient preference. VTE provoked by a reversible risk factor, or a first unprovoked isolated distal (calf) deep vein thrombosis (DVT), has a low risk of recurrence and is usually treated for 3 months. VTE associated with active cancer, or a second unprovoked VTE, has a high risk of recurrence and is usually treated indefinitely. The decision to stop anticoagulants at 3 months or to treat indefinitely is more finely balanced after a first unprovoked proximal DVT or pulmonary embolism (PE). Indefinite anticoagulation is often chosen if there is a low risk of bleeding, whereas anticoagulation is usually stopped at 3 months if there is a high risk of bleeding. The decision to continue anticoagulation indefinitely after a first unprovoked proximal DVT or PE is strengthened if the patient is male, the index event was PE rather than DVT, and/or D-dimer testing is positive 1 month after stopping anticoagulant therapy.

I developed a DVT from a long plane flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo and my doctor put me on warfarin for 2 months. Is the blood thinner nattokinase useful in the treatment of deep vein thrombosis? Are there herbs or vitamins that are helpful?
   As of 2014, I cannot find any studies regarding the use of nattokinase enzyme as a treatment or prevention of deep vein thrombosis.