DVT RISK FACTORS AND PREVENTION

Anyone can get deep vein thrombosis (DVT), but certain factors can increase your risk. Find out about the risk factors for DVT and ways to help prevent another blot clot below. And be sure to talk to your doctor about ways to help reduce your chances of DVT.

RISK FACTORS FOR DVT

Knowing the risk factors for DVT can help you make healthier choices to reduce your chance of developing a dangerous blood clot. DVT risk factors include:

  • All treatments, medical and/or surgical, outlined in this information involve risk, please consult your physician about these risks prior to proceeding with treatment. 
  • All treatments, medical and/or surgical, outlined in this information involve risk, please consult your physician about these risks prior to proceeding with treatment. 

WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR RISK FOR DVT

The good news is that if you’re at risk for DVT, you can take the following steps to help reduce your risk:

  SEE YOUR DOCTOR FOR REGULAR CHECKUPS  
  TAKE ALL YOUR MEDICATION AS DOCTOR PRESCRIBES
  QUIT SMOKING  
  MANTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT  
  MOVE AROUND AFTER SURGERY, INJURY, OR ILLNESS  
  MOVE REGULARLY ON TRIPS THAT ARE 4+ HOURS  

A DOCTOR DISCUSSES DVT RISK FACTORS


Find out what may increase your risk for DVT, including prolonged sitting or bed rest, having cancer and a history of DVT.

TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR



FROM UNDERSTANDING YOUR RISK OF COMPLICATIONS TO FINDING OUT ABOUT YOUR TREATMENT OPTIONS, OUR DOCTOR DISCUSSION GUIDE HAS IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR DOCTOR TO HELP CLEAR UP THE CONFUSION ABOUT DVT.
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