Deep Vein Thrombosis Prevention
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How to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis
General prevention measures include:
- Do not sit for long periods. If you are in a car or airplane or at a computer, get up often and move around.
- Do not smoke.
If you are admitted to the hospital, talk to your doctor about how to prevent blood clots, such as:
- Get out of bed and walk as soon as possible during your recovery.
- If you are restricted to bed:
- Do range of motion exercises in bed.
- Change your position at least every two hours.
- Wear compression stockings to promote venous blood flow.
- Use a pneumatic compression device. This device uses air to compress your legs and help improve venous blood flow.
- If prescribed by your doctor, take medication to reduce blood clots. This medication can reduce your chance of death due to blood clots.
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