Preventive measures might be used before and
after any procedure or event that increases your risk of
deep vein thrombosis (DVT). These measures include:
Taking anticoagulants to
prevent a blood clot that can form after some types of surgery.
Exercising your lower leg muscles to improve circulation in
your legs. Point your toes up toward your head so that the calves of your legs
are stretched, then relax. Repeat. This exercise is especially important to do
when you are sitting for long periods of time.
Getting up out of bed as soon as possible after an illness or
surgery. It is very important to get moving as soon as you are able. If you
cannot get out of bed, do the leg exercise described above every hour to keep
the blood moving through your legs.
Sitting still for a long flight or road trip raises your risk of getting blood clots. It's important to take steps to prevent blood clots when you travel, such as getting up and moving around every 30 to 60 minutes on a long flight.
In the hospital
Intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC)
devices are also used to prevent DVT. These devices
inflate and deflate knee-high boots, which reduces
pooling of blood in the legs. IPC pumps are often used when people stay in a
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January 16, 2014
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