Q18. Can you prevent deep vein thrombosis?

A18. There are steps you can take to reduce the risk of DVT. These include losing weight (if you are overweight or obese), stop smoking (if you are a smoker), take exercise and wearing compression stockings when travelling.

If you are in a high risk group then your GP can advise you about ways of minimising the risk.

Unfortunately if you have a family history of deep vein thrombosis or other similar conditions then you need to be aware of this and look at ways of reducing your risk.

This does not mean that you will definitely get DVT but that your chances of doing so are higher then those for someone who does not have this history.

Age is another factor. There is more chance of developing this as you get older which is due to the fact that your veins work less efficiently as you age.

For more information visit our deep vein thrombosis section.

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