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Deep Vein Thrombosis Health Center

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Danger! Deep Vein Thrombosis

Could you have a life-threatening blood clot?

What Lies Ahead: More Aggressive DVT Treatments continued...

Experts say that you also need to take an active role in getting the right help. While health care professionals are more aware of DVT than they used to be, many people at high risk of DVT are still not given preventive treatment. "Clinicians are generally aware of DVT," says Perler, "but studies show that a large portion of the medical community still doesn't fully understand who is at greater risk and what precautions need to be taken."

So if you're going into the hospital for surgery or another medical procedure or treatment that will lay you up for a while, talk with your doctor about taking preventive measures for deep vein thrombosis.

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 list of list of risk factors 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 circulation.
  • Ask your doctor whether you need preventive medicine before long trips.
  • Make sure you get preventive medicine before surgery or other medical procedures.
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