Can a DVT be prevented?

After you have a DVT, you will need to reduce your risk of future clots by:

  • Taking your medications exactly as your doctor tells you to.
  • Keeping your follow-up appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. These are needed to see how well your treatment is working.

If you have never had a DVT , but have an increased risk of developing one, be sure to:

  • Exercise your lower leg muscles if you need to sit still for a long time. Stand up and walk at least every half hour if you are on a long flight. Or get out of the car every hour if you are on a long road trip.
  • Get out of bed and move around as soon as you can after you are sick or have surgery. The sooner you move around, the less chance you have of developing a clot.
  • Take medications or use compression stockings after surgery (if prescribed by your doctor) to reduce your risk of a clot.
  • Follow-up with your doctor as directed to and follow your doctor’s recommendations to reduce your risk of a clot.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 07/18/2019.

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