How Can I Prevent DVT?

The best way to prevent DVT is through regular activity and healthy living. You should also talk to your health care provider about preventing blood clots before any surgical procedures or hospitalizations. Remember to tell your health care provider if you have any risk factors for DVT, including birth control and any history of clotting disorders.

I had two clotting disorders - Factor V Leiden and APS—that, along with surgery and immobility, helped create a massive DVT clot. Putting me on birth control only fueled the clot.”

— Caitlin

You can reduce your risk by:

  • Exercising regularly
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Not smoking
  • Moving around as soon you’re able following long-term bed rest

When sitting for long periods of time, or when traveling for more than six hours:

  • Exercise your legs frequently while you’re sitting
  • Get up and walk around every 2 to 3 hours
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes
  • Drink plenty of water, and limit alcohol and caffeine

How can I prevent PE?

Preventing a PE is a lot easier than treating one. If you’re hospitalized, ask your health care provider and nurses what measures are being taken to prevent PE. Above all, if any risk factors for DVT are present, talk to your health care provider about how to reduce or prevent your risks.