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Prevention of venous thromboembolic events

There are several things you can do to help prevent a blood clot. For example:

  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet: eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and avoid fatty meats and processed food to help control your cholesterol levels and maintain a healthy weight. Drink plenty of water and limit how much alcohol you drink.
  • Take regular exercise: avoid a mainly sedentary lifestyle by taking regular physical activity, which will not only help with weight control, but will also help you to maintain a positive outlook. Consult your doctor before you start any new forms of exercise to establish whether it would be safe for you to do so and when, given your recent medical condition.
  • Stop smoking: as smoking increases clotting risk, stopping smoking will reduce your risk of DVT/PE.
  • Going into hospital for operations may increase the risk of developing blood clots in your leg. Healthcare teams will individually assess each patient’s risk of VTE (based on a patient’s existing risk factors for VTE and also their risk of bleeding) and provide recommendations on how that risk may be reduced. This may include the use of compression stockings (to encourage the blood flow in your legs), assistance with early mobilisation and the use of medicines which help prevent the blood from clotting.

Reference information

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