Can DVT be prevented?

If you have had DVT, then you will need to prevent further clots from developing by:

  • Taking your medications to prevent or treat blood clots as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Keeping your follow-up appointments with your doctor and, if taking warfarin, with the laboratory so that your response to medications and other treatments can be evaluated.

If you have never had a deep vein clot, but have an increased risk for developing one, be sure to:

  • Exercise your lower leg muscles if you will be sitting still for long periods of time. Stand up and walk at least every half hour if you are on a long flight. Or get out of the car every hour if you are on a long road trip.
  • Get out of bed and move around as soon as you are able after surgery or being ill. The sooner you move around, the less chance you have to develop a clot.
  • Take medications or use intermittent compression garments to prevent clots after some types of surgery, as directed by your doctor.
  • Follow-up with your doctor as recommended to evaluate your risk and follow your doctor's recommendations for reducing your risk.
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Dr. Efthymios (Makis) Avgerinos is a Vascular Surgeon, Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in USA.


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Efthymios D. Avgerinos, MD, PhD, FEBVS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
Medical Center Pennsylvania, USA