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P868 Understanding Venous Thromboembolism

C H A P T E R 2 Controlling risk factors Depending on your risk factors, there are certain things you can do to prevent DVT. Anticoagulant medications may be given to certain surgical patients to prevent DVT after the risk of surgical bleeding has subsided. Those patients who have had a previous clot should follow the instructions of their healthcare provider. If you have to sit or recline for long periods, move your lower leg by flexing or bending your knee. Other preventive measures include: 77Getting up and moving as soon as possible after surgery or illness—moving helps prevent clots from forming by stimulating blood circulation 77Wearing elastic stockings to reduce swelling and promote circulation 77 Keeping conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol under control Consult your healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment. When you travel and must sit for longer than four hours, the National Heart Lung, and Blood Institute suggests that you: 77Walk up and down the aisles (if traveling by plane or bus) 77 Stop about every hour and walk a little (if traveling by car) 77While sitting, stretch your feet and move your legs 77Wear loose clothing 77Avoid alcohol 77Drink plenty of fluids 8


P868 Understanding Venous Thromboembolism
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