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Reducing your risk of DVT or PE

Some people may be at high risk of having another deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE). If you are one of these people, your doctor may advise you to continue taking blood-thinning medication, or to take it in circumstances where you might be at risk of another DVT.

Risk factors for DVT or PE

Many factors can increase your risk of developing DVT. The more risk factors you have, the greater your risk.

Medical conditions

Lifestyle factors

Other risk factors

In the future, always tell your doctor or nurse that you've had a DVT, even if you don't know if it is relevant to what you're being treated for.

Your doctor may suggest some tests to find out what caused your DVD or PE. To reduce the risk of further problems, your doctor may suggest you wear compression stockings, but they're not suitable for everyone.

If you wear compression stockings, you can buy a device to help you put them on. This video shows you how to use one of these devices. You can buy a device like this at your local health and mobility shop.

Reducing your risk of DVT or PE

You can reduce your chance of another DVT or pulmonary embolism PE by:

When travelling long distances (more than four hours) by plane, car or train:

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Written by Haematology Department, Canterbury DHB. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. (Risk factor information adapted from Health Navigator – Deep vein thrombosis.) Page created May 2020.

Page reference: 655088

Review key: HIDVT-21919