Deep Vein Thrombosis | Prevention

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How can I prevent DVT?

  • Frequently exercise your lower leg muscles if you'll be inactive for a long period of time. Stretch your legs and lightly massage your muscles. If you can, get up every hour or so and walk around. If you must stay seated, try lifting your heels (with your toes still on the ground) and then lifting your toes (with your heels still on the ground) to stretch your calves.
  • Get out of bed and move around as soon as you can after having surgery or being ill.
  • After some types of surgery, take medicine to prevent blood clots as directed by your doctor.
  • Control your blood pressure, don't smoke and lose weight if you're overweight. High blood pressure, being a smoker and being overweight make you more likely to develop DVT.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 01/11
Created: 09/04

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