Health Tip: Reduce Your Risk of Blood Clots

Deep vein thrombosis can be life-threatening

(HealthDay News) -- Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, occurs when a blood clot forms in the veins deep within the body, often in the leg. If the clot travels to the lungs, the condition can be life-threatening.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions to help reduce the risk of DVT:

  • If you aren't able to move for a period of time, try to exercise your leg muscles as much as possible. Stretch and massage them frequently.
  • If you've recently been ill or had surgery, try to get up out of bed and move around as soon as possible during your recovery.
  • Take any medications prescribed by your doctor following surgery that are designed to help reduce the risk of blood clots.
  • Keep blood pressure under control.
  • Maintain a healthy body weight and avoid smoking, as both can increase your risk of DVT.

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