Preventing a deep vein thrombosis, also known as a DVT, is vital. ADVT is a blood clot that forms in the deep veins of the legs most commonly, but it can also occur in the veins of the upper extremities. That’s because the blood clot, which usually forms in a calf or thigh deep veins, can partially or completely block blood flow back to theheart and cause damage to the one-way valves in the veins. The clot can also break free and travel through the blood to major organs, such as your lungs — which can be fatal. This is called a pulmonary embolism.

About 350,000 Americans are diagnosed with DVT and pulmonary embolism each year, although it is estimated that some 300,000 more adults have undiagnosed DVT/PT. The condition has a 6%-12% mortality rate. If you’re at risk, there is much you can do to prevent DVT.

To lower your risk and help prevent DVT, take these steps:

During pregnancy, ask your doctor
what you can do to help prevent DVT.

Preventing DVT After Surgery or While Bedridden

If you need surgery, your surgeon will review your medical history to help assess the risk for DVT and determine whether you need aggressive measures to prevent it.

Your DVT risk may begin with becoming immobile and continue for several months following surgery. However, in some cases, the risk is greatest right after surgery and about 10 days afterward.

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Researchers continue to look at the best ways to prevent DVT after surgery. For example, some studies show that using regional anesthesia instead of general anesthesia, when possible, can decrease your DVT risk.
Here are other measures your doctor may suggest to help prevent DVT:

Take any blood thinners (anticoagulants) your doctor prescribes before or right after surgery. These may include:

  1. Apixaban (Eliquis)
  2. Dabigatran (Pradaxa)
  3. Edoxaban (Savaysa)
  4. Heparin
  5. Rivaroxaban (Xarelto)
  6. Warfarin, which is also called Coumadin
  7. Low Molecular Weight Heparin (LMWH)
  8. Fondaparinux (Arixtra)

Wear a sleeve-like device on your legs during surgery to compress your legs and keep blood flowing through the veins.

  • Elevate the foot of your bed.
  • Get up and move as soon as you can after surgery, or after you’ve been ill.
  • Take pain medicine as prescribed to make it easier to move around.

Also to prevent DVT, do any leg exercises your doctor or other health care provider prescribes. These may include leg lifts and gentle foot and ankle exercises.

Prevent DVT When Traveling DVT prevention is also something to consider when you travel. That’s because sitting stiprevent-legsll for long periods puts you at risk. Because children tend to move around more, even while sitting, their risk is not as high.

Prevent DVT when traveling with these six steps:

  1. Consider purchasing compression stockings at a medical supply store and wearing them during your travels. This helps reduce swelling.
  2. Avoid wearing short, tight socks or crossing your legs for long periods.
  3. Drink plenty of fluids and avoid dehydrating fluids, such as coffee and alcohol. Dehydration causes blood to thicken and the veins to narrow.
  4. When traveling by car, stop every hour to walk around.
  5. Between connecting flights and during long flights, get up and move around. This squeezes the blood vessels, helping to prevent DVT by preventing the formation of blood clots.
  6. If you can’t easily move around, flex feet and curl or press your toes down often throughout your trip.