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Deep Vein Thrombosis Prevention

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What do I need to know about deep vein thrombosis (DVT) prevention?

Some conditions increase your risk for a DVT. These include a family history of blood clots or a blood clotting disorder, such as factor V Leiden. Lack of activity, cigarette smoking, obesity, and birth control pills can also increase the risk. You can lower your risk by following the directions from your doctor or specialist. You can also make lifestyle changes to prevent blood clots.

Thrombus and Embolus

What can I do to prevent a DVT?

What can I do to prevent another DVT?

After you have a DVT, your risk for blood clots will always be higher. The following can help lower your risk:

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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