Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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How Can I Prevent Blood Clots?

By    |   Tuesday, 14 May 2013 10:27 AM

Question: How can I prevent blood clots in my legs?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
Blood clots in our legs are prevented by avoiding immobility for extended periods. Here are 11 ways to avoid blood clots:

1) Avoid extended bedrest if possible.

2) Use clot prophylactic medication when advised.

3) Use one baby aspirin daily to reduce clotting risks after consulting your doctor.

4) Avoid extended sitting without stretch breaks every  hour (such as on an airline flight).

5) Avoid constrictive bands around your legs.

6) Use full limb support hose if support stockings are needed.

7) If you have a clot predisposition, talk to your doctor about preventive medical strategies.

8) Treat any conditions that produce lower extremity edema or venous obstruction.

9) Vein function and drainage is enhanced by muscle contraction. Be sure to exercise regularly to maintain your muscle bulk.

10) Don’t smoke.

11) Avoid using birth control pills if you are a smoker.


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