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Blood clots in the legs, how can I prevent?
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Dr. Lorne Bigley
Family Medicine
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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