Pulmonary Embolism Prevention

Preventing a DVT

If you have never had a deep vein clot, but you are in a situation that may increase your risk, be sure to:
 
  • Exercise your lower leg muscles during long car trips and plane rides
  • Get out of bed and move around as soon as you are able after having surgery or being ill
  • Take medications to prevent clots after some types of surgery as directed by your doctor
  • Follow up with your doctor.
 
If you already have had DVT or a pulmonary embolism, you need to prevent further clots from developing by:
 
  • Seeing your doctor for regular checkups
  • Taking your medications to prevent or treat blood clots as prescribed by your doctor
  • Using compression stockings, if prescribed by your doctor, to prevent chronic swelling in your legs after a DVT
  • Contacting your doctor immediately if you have any signs or symptoms of DVT or pulmonary embolism.

Pulmonary Embolism Information

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