DVT Prevention & Risk Management
Although DVT blood clots can occur with little or no warning, your risk of DVT can
be reduced by recognizing the signs and symptoms and taking the appropriate preventative
You can work to actively manage your risk factors and help prevent DVT blood clots
- Maintaining a healthy lifestyle: Talk to your doctor about how
you can incorporate healthy choices into your everyday life. For example:
- You may want to focus on losing weight by adopting a fitness program and being conscious
of your diet.
- Stop smoking
- You can also visit the Lifestyle Changes section, were you can find more information about
exercise, diet and nutrition.
- Creating a plan to manage risk before and after surgery
If you are planning surgery or an extended hospital stay, make sure you take appropriate
precautions. The Post
Surgery DVT Prevention section offer tips and checklists to help you prepare
for having restricted mobility.
- Remaining active, even when mobility is restricted
Be aware of the possible effects of extended periods of immobility such as when
traveling. The Travel & DVT
section lists easy exercises you can do in your seat that may reduce your risk of
- Talking to your doctor
It is very important to talk with your doctor about reducing your risk of developing
DVT blood clots. Remember, your physician can often be your best resource.