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How Can Thrombocythemia and Thrombocytosis Be Prevented?

You can't prevent primary thrombocythemia. However, you can take steps to reduce your risk for complications. For example, you can control many of the risk factors for blood clots, such as high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and smoking.

To reduce your risk, quit smoking, adopt healthy lifestyle habits, and work with your doctor to manage your risk factors.

It's not always possible to prevent conditions that lead to secondary thrombocytosis. But, if you have routine medical care, your doctor may detect these conditions before you develop a high platelet count.

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Thrombocythemia and Thrombocytosis Clinical Trials

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