There are several good ways to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT), but the simplest is to exercise your calves. If you are sitting for long periods during the day, make sure to get up and walk around every half hour. If you are unable to get up, stretch and flex your calf muscles while you are sitting. Those who are hospitalized or on bed rest at home should also work their arm, leg, and neck muscles periodically (or have a nurse or family member do it for you) to prevent blood from pooling in veins.
- Q How does Doppler ultrasonography diagnose deep vein thrombosis?
- Q What are the symptoms of deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?
- Q What lifestyle changes can I make to lower my risk of deep vein thrombosis?
- Q How can I protect my children from deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?
- Q What kind of medications are used to treat or prevent DVT?
- Q Should I talk to my doctor about my deep vein thrombosis (DVT) symptoms?