Exercise

Can athletes make a full recovery with DVT, PE, and lung infarction?

Yes, athletes can make a full recovery with DVT, PE and lung infarction. Infarction shouldn’t cause reduction in lung function. Most athletes (if they don’t get CTEPH) can make a full recovery. If you are returning to a contact sport and are on an anticoagulant– you may need to reassess your activities. For example, if you like to play basketball you should not drive to the basket or jockey for rebounds. Make sure to avoid trauma and falling at all costs. If you are an athlete seeking support, you can learn more about NBCA’s Sports and Wellness Institute and join our Team Stop The Clot® Facebook Support Group.

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Can exercise help boost the speed of a clot being dissolved?

Exercise does not speed up clot dissolution. You can immediately resume exercise once pain and swelling improve. Mild to moderate activity after a DVT in the leg will not increase your risk of dislodging the clot to the lungs.

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When can I return to exercise? How often and how intense?

Moderate exercise such as walking or swimming is recommended. Returning to your normal exercise routine depends on your physical condition before the clot and the severity and location of your clots. Exercise increases circulation, reduces symptoms of venous insufficiency, and will make you feel invigorated. Aerobic exercise may increase lung function after a PE, although you don’t want to push through any pain.

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How important is exercise in rehabilitation for a PE or DVT?

It is essential, within the constraints of your physical condition. Exercise increases circulation, reduces symptoms of venous insufficiency, and will make you feel invigorated. Aerobic exercise may increase lung function after a PE.

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