After a DVT, your loved one may need some extra support until they are feeling better and are able to resume their normal activities. You can be an important part of their recovery, and the following tips can help.
DVT caregiver tips
- Learn all you can about DVT and what it means for your loved one’s health, including reading through the content on this site. DVT is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition, so the more you know, the better prepared you can be to support them in the months following an event.
- Remind them to take their medication, including blood thinners like XARELTO®, because it helps reduce the risk of having another DVT.
- Understand the side effects of XARELTO® so you know what to look out for during your loved one’s treatment.
- Encourage them to stay active—it’s important for people who have just had a DVT to begin walking, even just a little. Suggest that you take a walk together in your neighborhood or local park.
- Be a partner in heart-healthy eating by grocery shopping together and choosing lots of vegetables, fruits, and lean protein.
- If they smoke, strongly suggest that they quit. These tips for quitting can help.
You have to be proactive, not reactive anymore.
Hear how Diane helps Bob stay on top of his DVT.