Prevent Blood Clots
Blood clots can often be prevented and the best ways to prevent blood clots include:
- Know your risk for blood clots.
- Recognize the signs and symptoms of blood clots.
- Tell your doctor if you have risk factors for blood clots.
- Before any surgery, talk with your doctor about blood clots.
- See your doctor as soon as possible if you do have any symptoms of a blood clot. Blood clots can be safely treated.
Other steps you can take to reduce prevent blood clots:
- It’s important to know your family history. Tell your doctor and other family members if you learn that there is a history of blood clots among your relatives.
- If you have to be confined to a bed in a hospital or at home following surgery or due to illness or paralysis, ask your doctor what options exist to prevent blood clots.
- Get up and move if you’ve been sitting for a long time or traveling for a long time by plane, train, or car. Stand up, walk around, and stretch your legs every two to three hours.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Don’t smoke or take steps to quit smoking.
The most important thing you can do to prevent blood clots is to learn if you are at risk. Learn more about blood clot risks here: Know Your Risk
There are several important signs and symptoms of blood clots: Know the signs and symptoms of blood clots
Connect with others who have experienced a blood clot here: Patient Stories