Gardening Safety

Publication Date: 
Tue, 11/08/2011
By: Alere Staff

Deep vein thrombosis is associated with a decreased blood flow to the lower extremities. Certain situations place you at increased risk for blood clots and gardening is one of those activities.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a technical term given to a relatively simple but dangerous condition where blood pools in the lower legs. Normally, blood flow is slower the further from the heart blood travels. Patients with existing conditions including: congestive heart failure, low blood pressure, peripheral vascular disease and previous circulatory disorders are at risk.

Experts agree the best way to prevent DVT is to keep your legs from remaining bent for too long. Situations where legs suffer from DVT include sitting in one position too long in a car, plane or train.

Other common activities, like gardening, can also put you at risk for DVT. Using kneepads allow you to remain in one position for a longer period of time. This is a key risk factor venous stasis, a condition where the blood pools in venous capillary beds.

The risk of DVT shouldn’t keep you from gardening. The longer legs are bent; the greater the chance blood can clot. When gardening, take frequent breaks from kneeling, and put some weight on your legs. This promotes improved circulation and lessens the chance of developing blood clots.

Symptoms of DVT include but are not limited to: swelling, pain, and warmth in and the area of the pain or swelling. If you experience pain in the upper or lower leg, you should consult your doctor to rule out a DVT.