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Thrombophilia and Exercize, Smoking Cessation, Avoiding immobility, Surgery, Oral Contraceptives, Pregnancy - Vein Treatment Center Buffalo Niagara
Tuesday, August 13, 2013



Patients who have thrombophilic disorders can reduce the likelihood of developing deep vein thrombosis, venous thromboembolism, and pulmonary embolism with the following:


regular exercise – exercizing regularly increases fibrinolytic activity in the venous system and helps prevent deep vein thrombosis. The fibrinolytic system is our innate, natural ability to dissolve blood clots that form in the circulation.


Prevent and treat obesity- obesity is a risk factor for the development of venous thromboembolism and patients with thrombophilia are at risk of developing deep vein thrombosis and venous thromboembolism.  It has also been shown that circulating insulin levels are altered in obesity and can modulate clotting disorders and increase the risk of thrombophilia related blood clotting.


Avoiding immobility- Regular exercise improves the calf pumping activity of the lower extremities and reduces stagnant blood flow which increases the propensity to form blood clotting in normal individuals and also in individuals with thrombophilic disorders.


Cessation of cigarette smoking- It has been shown that cigarette smoking is associated with the formation of deep vein thrombosis and venous thromboembolism and refraining from smoking will reduce this risk.


Seeking medical advice before major operations-It has been shown in several large studies that surgery increases the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis and venous thromboembolism.  Consultation with a hematologist or vein specialist is essential before undergoing elective surgical procedures in order to  reduce the likelihood of developing deep vein thrombosis and venous thromboembolism in patients with thrombophilias.


Seeking medical advice before initiating oral contraceptive use or hormone replacement therapy- It is well known that exogenous hormone replacement in the child bearing years as well as in postmenopausal women increases the risk of venous thrombosis and venous thromboembolism. Seeking medical advice from a hematologist is of importance before initiating hormone replacement or taking birth control pills in patients with thrombophilia.


Seeking medical advice prior to getting pregnant - Women with thrombophilic disorders should seek the advice of a hematologist before planning a pregnancy. Patients with thrombophilia are at higher risk of having miscarriages or developing deep vein thrombosis and venous thromboembolism during pregnancy.


For more information about thrombophilic disorders seek a hematology consultation ;  patients who have had deep vein thrombosis and thromboembolism and have thrombophilic disorders, contact Hratch Karamanoukian, MD FACS at the Vein Treatment Center with offices in Williamsville, New York and Clarence, New York or contact him via or by calling 716-839-3638. and are partners with

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