What can you do?


Weight reduction

Being overweight increases the risk of developing blood clots.  Although current studies have not directly assessed if weight reduction reduces the incidence of blood clots, a 5-10% weight reduction will give overweight patients a considerably improve health

Stay active

Immobilization increases the risk of developing blood clots.  Early mobilizing whilst being in the hospital, as well as standing up and walking during long flights can be preventative.

Know your family history

You may have a higher risk of developing blood clots if any of your first degree relatives (siblings and parents) have had blood clots in the past.  It is important that you know the typical symptoms and signs of blood clots in the legs and lungs, as well as informing your general practitioner of your family history. 

This is especially important if you are planning to use oral contraception or hormone supplements, or if you are planning a pregnancy.

Compression stockings

If you have one or more of the known risk factors for blood clots, you should use compression stockings on long haul travel (over 6 hours).

Talk to your doctor

If you have questions or concerns regarding your own risk of blood clots, you should consult your general practitioner for advice.



Page administrator: Helle Jørgensen
Last updated: 26.11.2014 11:42
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