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Doctor insights on: How To Prevent Blood Clots In Legs

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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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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 (enoxaparin) (low molecular weight heparin). ...Read more

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What's considered the best way to help prevent me from getting deep vein thrombosis or blood clots in the legs when i get older?

What's considered the best way to help prevent me from getting deep vein thrombosis or blood clots in the legs when i get older?

Routine Activity: Routine exercise and activity will help to prevent stasis of the blood in the leg veins, one of the predisposing factors for dvt. See your primary doctor for routine yearly exam, and if you have a family history or risk factor history, further testing may be recommended. Varicose veins, swelling can be helpful external signs of venous insufficiency which can be associated with dvt. ...Read more

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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?

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

NO: While compressions stockings help in the prevention of vein blood clots, their use typically does not hide or mask the signs and symptoms of a leg blood clots. But unfortunately many people with blood clots do not have any symptoms in their legs to let them know that the clot is there. Sometime a pulmonary embolus occurs to the lungs without any warning, even though the clot began in the leg. ...Read more

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What are some signs of having blood clots in legs?

What are some signs of having blood clots in legs?

Swelling: The most common is swelling but pain and discomfort can also be a sign of dvt. The most important thing to remember is that if you have any concerns about having a DVT then you should have an ultrasound. ...Read more

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Can a blood test detect blood clots in legs?

Can a blood test detect blood clots in legs?

More useful to : Exclude clots. A blood test may be done as a screening test to check for clots, not specifically in the legs. These tests, if negative are useful in excluding blood clots, but positive results have many false positives. ...Read more