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What can you do to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?

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Exercise regularly -- daily, if possible. Walking, swimming, and bicycling are all great activities. Exercise will also help you manage your weight, along with eating a low-fat, high-fiber diet with lots of vegetables and fruits.

If you smoke, quit! Nicotine patches, gums, or sprays and prescription medications, along with support groups, can make kicking the habit easier.

Check your blood pressure at least once a year, more often if your doctor says to. Follow his instructions about taking medication if you need it. Exercise, eating well, and quitting smoking will help control your blood pressure, too.

Tell your doctor about any blood-clotting problems you or a close family member has had.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Venous Thromboembolism & Pulmonary Embolism - Statistics."

Goldhaber, S. Circulation, 2002.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Deep Vein Thrombosis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Deep Vein Thrombosis: What You Should Know."

Society for Vascular Surgery: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)."

FDA: "Avoid Deep Vein Thrombosis: Keep the Blood Flowing."

National Center for Biotechnology Information: "Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism as Major Public Health Problems."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 30, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Venous Thromboembolism & Pulmonary Embolism - Statistics."

Goldhaber, S. Circulation, 2002.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Deep Vein Thrombosis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Deep Vein Thrombosis: What You Should Know."

Society for Vascular Surgery: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)."

FDA: "Avoid Deep Vein Thrombosis: Keep the Blood Flowing."

National Center for Biotechnology Information: "Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism as Major Public Health Problems."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 30, 2018

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