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How can blood clots be prevented?

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Before your surgery, stop smoking. Work on getting rid of any extra pounds you're carrying. Talk to your doctor if you need help. After your surgery, you'll want to keep your blood moving. Your doctor may prescribe blood thinner medicines, which are also called anticoagulants. They make it harder for your blood to stick together and form clots. Simple movements, such as leg lifts while you're in bed, can improve blood flow. You might need to take pain medicine so you can exercise comfortably. Elastic compression stockings or a compression device can help stop blood from pooling in your veins.

From: Blood Clots After Surgery WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Pulmonary Embolism: Symptoms and Causes."

OrthoInfo: "Deep Vein Thrombosis."

UCSF, Department of Surgery: "Deep Vein Thrombosis."

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

American Society of Hematology: "Blood Clots."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Who is at Risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis?" "What Causes Deep Vein Thrombosis?"

York Teaching Hospital: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Warfarin: A Guide to Your Diagnosis and Treatment Information for Patients, Relatives, and Carers."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 5, 2017

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SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Pulmonary Embolism: Symptoms and Causes."

OrthoInfo: "Deep Vein Thrombosis."

UCSF, Department of Surgery: "Deep Vein Thrombosis."

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

American Society of Hematology: "Blood Clots."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Who is at Risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis?" "What Causes Deep Vein Thrombosis?"

York Teaching Hospital: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Warfarin: A Guide to Your Diagnosis and Treatment Information for Patients, Relatives, and Carers."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 5, 2017

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