Tips for Preventing Blood Clots (DVTs) During Lung Cancer Treatment

Tips for Preventing Blood Clots
Tips for Preventing Blood Clots
  • Exercise your lower calves when sitting or lying in bed. Point your toes toward your head and back several times
  • When traveling by car, make frequent stops, get out, and walk around the car. When traveling by air, get up and walk around at least every 2 hours
  • After surgery, try to walk as soon as your doctor lets you know it is safe
  • Don’t smoke
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine – Both alcohol and caffeine can dehydrate you and raise your risk
  • If compression stockings (support hose) are recommended, wear these for as long as your doctor advises
  • Watch your blood pressure and salt intake – Elevated blood pressure increases the risk of blood clots, and it can be easy to neglect this more “minor” problem amidst the rigors of cancer treatment
  • Elevate your legs during rest
  • Ask your health care team about methods to lower the risk of blood clots in your particular situation. In some cases, medications are prescribed as well to lower risk

Many of these risk factors occur during travel. If you will be traveling for medical care or for pleasure, check out these tips:

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