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Questions to Ask Your Doctor about DVT/Blood Clots

What happens during pregnancy?

Pregnant women are at increased risk of DVT/PE before and for many weeks after delivery. If you have an underlying risk factor that makes you even more at risk during pregnancy (such as previous DVT, platelet abnormality, etc.), your physician may have you see a specialist with expertise on this topic.

What can be done to reduce the risk of developing DVT during prolonged travel?

There is data to suggest that each 2-hour increase in air travel leads to an approximately 20 percent higher risk of developing DVT. Some people may benefit from compression stockings during travel. In addition, frequent walking, flexing of leg muscles, proper hydration, and even sitting in an aisle seat are techniques which may help reduce the chance of developing a DVT during prolonged travel.

What do hospitals have in place to prevent DVT in their patients?

All hospitals have protocols to help prevent clot formation among appropriate patients while hospitalized.

    This content was developed in partnership with the CHEST Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American College of Chest Physicians.

    Reviewed and approved by the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel. Last reviewed December 13, 2016.

    Page Last Updated: March 13, 2018

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