Prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE)

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is preventable, and the best ways to prevent VTE include [1].

  • Understand your risk for VTE

  • Discuss your risk for VTE with your doctor, especially before surgery

  • Talk to your doctor as soon as you become aware of any symptoms of VTE

Other ways to reduce the risk of VTE include[1]:

  •  Stay hydrated

  • Stand up and move around if you have been sitting for a long time or travelling in a confined space such as airplane, train or car
    Additionally, stretch your legs every couple of hours

  • Follow your doctor's advice







Thromboprophylaxis refers to interventions to help prevent blood clots. Thromboprophylaxis may often include treatment with anticoagulant medicines, and sometimes the use of compression stockings[2].

Being immobilised for a prolonged period due to reasons such as being bedridden following a surgical procedure can increase the risk of VTE[1,2]. Your doctor will decide which thromboprophylaxis is most effective for you based on your specific risk factors.


VTEMatters offers general information only. Please see a healthcare professional for medical advice.




  1. National Blood Clot Alliance. About Clots, Accessed 6 November 2023
  2. National Blood Clot Alliance. Blood clot Treatment, Accessed 6 November 2023