Prevent Blood Clots

Last updated: July 13, 2022

Blood clots can often be prevented. 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 your risk for 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/vape or take steps to quit smoking/vaping.

Learn More

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

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