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Blood Clot (Definition)

A blood clot or thrombus is the final step of the coagulation cascade. It is a good thing when your body is trying to stop blood loss, however a blood clot can form in the veins after prolonged periods of immobility. This type of like ...Read more

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Blood clots in the legs, how can I prevent?

Blood clots in the legs, how can I prevent?

Stay active: Inactivity is a major risk factor for blood clots in the legs. Also, recent surgery, especially any kind that will make you immobile for a while is a common cause. Usually, surgeons will give medicine to prevent a clot, like heparin. Certain medicines like estrogen in birth control pills also can cause clots. If going on a trip, make sure to get up every hour or so and move the legs. ...Read more

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Managing Restless Leg Syndrome (Checklist)

See a vein specialist
Once
Wear support stockings
Daily
Check cholesterol medications
Once
Exercise
30 Min, Daily, forever
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Are there vitamins that will prevent or cure blood clots in the legs?

No: There are no vitamins or natural therapeutics that will prevent or cure blood clots. Dvt's or blood clots in the leg are a serious condition and could lead to death if improperly treated. The only medications that help are the blood thinners like Coumadin (warfarin) and Lovenox (low molecular weight heparin). ...Read more

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Managing Restless Leg Syndrome (Checklist)

Have your iron level checked
Once
Take medication as prescribed
Once
Reduce caffeine intake
Once
Quit smoking
Once
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8 hour drive to Texas. How often should I stop to stretch legs and prevent risk of blood clot?

8 hour drive to Texas. How often should I stop to stretch legs and prevent risk of blood clot?

Every two hours: You should take a break every two hours or more often. Drink enough water so that you urine is watery and you need to pee in about two hours. ...Read more

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Will compression stockings prevent signs and symptoms of a blood clot in the leg?

No, probably not: While compressions stockings should help in the prevention of venous blood clots, their use should not hide or mask the signs and symptoms of a clot if one forms. ...Read more

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Managing Restless Leg Syndrome (Checklist)

Take a hot bath
once every night
Exercise
daily
Massage
weekly
Avoid caffeine
daily
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I don't exercise like I should.How to avoid getting blood clots in legs?

I don't exercise like I should.How to avoid getting blood clots in legs?

You don't have to: Exercise(to prevent blood clots) but at least make the effort to get up and about, every hour. You can also utilize seated calf raises to help pump blood out of your legs. ...Read more

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