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GPs get guidance over DVT

GPs in Scotland have been issued guidance on the prevention of deep vein thrombosis following heightened public concern over the risks of long-distance travel.

The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network guidance said GPs should offer long-distance travellers basic advice on how to lower the risk of DVT, such as drinking plenty of fluids, restricting

alcohol and coffee intake and taking regular exercise during travel.

GPs should also consider prescribing those at high-risk of DVT, including obese patients and those with a family history of the condition, with compression stockings, aspirin or heparin before travel.

Patients on warfarin should continue treatment, the guidance said.

Women starting combined oral contraceptives, higher-dose progestogens and oral HRT should be advised of the increased risk of venous thromoboembolism, it added.

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