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Get Moving ASAP

In the past, people with DVT were put on hospital bed rest to lessen the chances of a pulmonary embolism. But several studies have shown that patients who began walking after getting blood thinners and compression stockings were no more likely to develop PE than patients told to stay in bed. Talk to your doctor about whether exercising soon after a DVT is right for you.

Take These Steps to Prevent Another DVT

  • If you have had pelvic surgery or are hospitalized, make sure you are receiving DVT prevention. “Options in the hospital include low-dose anticoagulants, or blood thinners, and mechanical devices that help blood in the veins circulate,” Evans says.
  • At work or while traveling, get up and move around every hour or two.
  • Keep a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese is associated with higher rates of DVT and PE.
  • Avoid taking estrogen if you have a family history of DVT. “Someone with a family history of DVT should think triple hard about taking birth control pills,” Cooke says.


Living With

See the causes, dangers, and treatments of DVT in this slideshow.