The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that each year, as many as 900,000 Americans are affected with deep vein thrombosis (DVT). In some cases, deep vein thrombosis can progress to a pulmonary embolism (PE). Additionally, it is estimated that 60,000 – 100,000 people in the United States die from DVT / PE. Up to 30% die within the first month of diagnosis. Up to 50% of those people who have had DVT will likely experience long-standing effects such as pain, swelling, or changes in the color of the skin in the affected area.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is considered to be preventable. And if diagnosed early, it can be successfully treated.
Is CBD oil a possible cure for deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?
The short answer is… no. CBD oil, or any other form of CBD, does not cure deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
CBD Oil Only Alleviates the Symptoms
Research has shown that CBD oil can help alleviate symptoms associated with DVT. Specifically, pain and inflammation. A study published in The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics found that CBD oil works beneficially in combination with factors found in the human body, resulting in anti-inflammatory properties. This can be helpful to alleviate the swelling that can accompany deep vein thrombosis (DVT). No side effects were present in the study.
Let’s take a closer look at what DVT is, and how it can be treated.
What is DVT and How Does it Happen?
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is in essence, a blood clot that forms in a deep vein in the human body, and blocks the flow of blood. What is a deep vein? It is different than an artery. These veins are located deep inside the body (as opposed to near the body surface.) When DVT occurs, it is likely to be located in the leg or pelvic area. The clot can be any size… small or large. It may cause a partial… or complete… block in blood flow. Sometimes there are symptoms such as pain, redness, or swelling. Other times, there are no symptoms.
How does DVT happen?
Anything that blocks the circulation of the blood can result in causing deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Here is a list of stressors that can contribute to triggering DVT:
√ Being overweight
√ Certain medications
√ Family history of blood clots
√ Hormone therapy
√ Injury to a deep vein
√ Prolonged bed rest
√ Recent surgery
The good news is that with certain changes in lifestyle, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can be prevented. Being active and exercising promotes healthy blood circulation and significantly curbs the onset of DVT.
Reduce sitting for prolonged periods of time. For example, sitting at your desk at the office, or traveling in a car or plane. Take breaks every 2 to 3 hours by getting up and walking around. Stretch your leg muscles while in a seated position. Raise and lower your heels and toes alternately. Refrain from crossing your legs.
Give your feet a break at the end of the day by elevating them above the heart for 20 minutes. Enjoy an exercise routine to help you maintain a healthy weight. Ask your doctor about a healthy weight program that is right for you. Fewer pounds will reduce the stress on your legs and promote healthy circulation.
Treatments to Consider if You’re Diagnosed
There are conservative treatments that are considered effective. This can include a variety of approaches. For example, wearing medical-grade compression stockings supports healthy blood flow, and helps to prevent blood from pooling in the leg. Exercising, weight loss, taking anti-inflammatory medicine and resting help, too.
There are also prescription medications that treat DVT. Anticoagulants or blood thinners are used to help prevent the clot from becoming bigger. The blood thinners work with your body to reduce the size of the clot over time.
Thrombolytic therapy is used when there is a need to dissolve the blood clot quickly. This uses medications called lytics, or “clot busters”. This approach is more commonly used when there is a sudden blockage that is considered to be serious or life-threatening.
In some cases, an inferior vena cava filter (or an IVC filter) is surgically placed inside the inferior vena cava vein to stop clots from traveling to the lungs.
Siragusa’s Vein Clinic in Nashville
If you or someone you know is looking for top-notch medical care for the diagnosis and treatment of DVT, Siragusa Vein & Laser clinic located in Nashville, TN is highly regarded by patients, nurses, and doctors alike. Meet our vein physician in Nashville, Dr. Siragusa. To learn more, contact us today and schedule a consult for a free vein treatment screening.