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DVT is Preventable

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 care.

You can work to actively manage your risk factors and help prevent DVT blood clots by:

  • 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 DVT.

  • 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.

Are you or a loved one at risk for DVT blood clots?

Key DVT Statistics

Did you know that up to 2 million Americans are affected annually by DVT?