Danger! Deep Vein Thrombosis
Could you have a life-threatening blood clot?
Reducing Your Risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis
The good news is that deep vein thrombosis is a highly preventable
condition. If more people knew about it, and took simple precautions against
it, the death rate would be dramatically reduced.
Here are some ways to prevent deep vein thrombosis:
- Find out whether you are at risk -- look at the and research whether any
family members have ever had deep vein thrombosis.
- If you have a family history of deep vein thrombosis, ask if you should be
screened for blood disorders that increase the risk of clotting.
- Make sure to stretch your legs regularly during long flights or car rides.
In addition to stretching your legs, make a point of getting up and walking
around every hour.
- Talk to your doctor about the risks of deep vein thrombosis before any
surgery or medical treatments.
- Keep a healthy weight, since obesity increases your risks.
- Eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly.
If you have had deep vein thrombosis before, you are higher risk of having
it again. So you should follow the above advice, and you should also:
- Consider wearing tight elastic hose on your legs that will improve your
- Ask your doctor whether you need preventive medicine before long
- Make sure you get preventive medicine before surgery or other medical
Wilcox stresses that more people need to learn about the condition. "DVT is
preventable in most cases," she tells WebMD, "and awareness is the best way to
Since her own illness, Wilcox has joined up with the Coalition to Prevent
Deep-Vein Thrombosis, an educational coalition sponsored by the pharmaceutical
company Sanofi-Aventis. She now does whatever she can to educate people about
"I don't speak out for myself, but for the memory of all the people who
didn't survive this horrible condition," she says, "And to prevent other people
from ever having to face it."