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Can I prevent a blood clot?

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Don't sit or stand for more than an hour at a time if you can help it.

Wear loose-fitting clothing. Your doctor might tell you to wear special compression stockings if you have a higher chance for a clot.

Drink plenty of water, and stay away from alcohol, especially if you're traveling long distances.

Losing extra weight and quitting smoking can lower your chance of getting a blood clot, too.

SOURCES:

OrthoInfo: "Deep Vein Thrombosis."

Mayo Clinic: "Blood Clots," "Thrombophlebitis: Symptoms and causes," "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): Definition," "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): Risk factors," "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): Prevention."

AHRQ Archive: "Your Guide to Preventing and Treating Blood Clots."

CDC: "Venous Thromboembolism (Blood Clots): Facts."

Archives of Internal Medicine : "Minor Injuries as a Risk Factor for Venous Thrombosis."

National Blood Clot Alliance: "Signs and Symptoms of Blood Clots," "Athletes and Blood Clots."

Circulation : "Venous Thromboembolism and Marathon Athletes."

University of Connecticut, Korey Stringer Institute: "Deep Vein Thrombosis."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Can Deep Vein Thrombosis Be Prevented?"

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 05, 2017

SOURCES:

OrthoInfo: "Deep Vein Thrombosis."

Mayo Clinic: "Blood Clots," "Thrombophlebitis: Symptoms and causes," "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): Definition," "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): Risk factors," "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): Prevention."

AHRQ Archive: "Your Guide to Preventing and Treating Blood Clots."

CDC: "Venous Thromboembolism (Blood Clots): Facts."

Archives of Internal Medicine : "Minor Injuries as a Risk Factor for Venous Thrombosis."

National Blood Clot Alliance: "Signs and Symptoms of Blood Clots," "Athletes and Blood Clots."

Circulation : "Venous Thromboembolism and Marathon Athletes."

University of Connecticut, Korey Stringer Institute: "Deep Vein Thrombosis."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Can Deep Vein Thrombosis Be Prevented?"

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 05, 2017

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