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Reducing risk of blood clots

Medication, surgery or being confined to bed can increase your risk of developing a blood clot in your legs or lungs. We will assess your risk of developing a blood clot, but please feel free to ask your nurse or doctor about your level of risk.

To reduce the risk of developing a clot:

  • take any tablets or injections that your doctor prescribes
  • keep your compression stockings on avoid sitting or lying in bed for long periods if possible
  • walk as often as the staff looking after you recommend
  • ask what to do to avoid the risk of a blood clot when you go home.