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Coalition gives advice on avoiding deep vein thrombosis

The Coalition to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis provides some advice on preventing DVT, which is the formation of a potentially deadly blood clot in one of the deep veins.

Much of the information deals with recognizing the signs, symptoms and risk factors for developing blood clots. They include long periods of physical inactivity, smoking, recent surgery and pregnancy.

Use of birth control pills can also be a risk factor for developing blood clots. While most contraceptives increase the risk of blood clots, a number of studies show that birth control pills with the compound drospirenone, such as Yaz, Yasmin, Beyaz and Ocella, have a considerably higher risk than others on the market.

According to the Coalition, you can take the following steps to actively prevent blood clots.

  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle: Talk to your doctor about how you can incorporate healthy choices into your everyday life. For example, you may want to focus on losing weight by adopting a fitness program and being conscious of your diet.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Create a plan to manage risk before and after surgery: If you are planning surgery or an extended hospital stay, talk to your health care provider about appropriate precautions.
  • Remain active, even when mobility is restricted: Be aware of the possible effects of extended periods of immobility.
  • Talking to your doctor: It is very important to talk with your doctor about reducing your risk of developing DVT blood clots. Remember, your physician can often be your best resource.

Patients should consult their doctors before making any changes in their medication. A consultation with a Beyaz lawyer is also important if there are significant injuries while on Beyaz or similar birth control pills.

See more information about deep vein thrombosis here:

http://www.preventdvt.org/default.aspx