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Long Flight? Bed Rest? Easy Exercises Prevent Blood Clots

April 13, 2018

From the Everyday Health website

It’s frightening to know that you could get a blood clot in your leg, called deep vein thrombosis, when you’re recovering from surgery or stuck in a car or airplane for hours. Well, here’s something that will make you feel more in control: If you spend a few minutes on movement and prevention exercises, you may be able to avert dangerous clots.

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) develops when your blood pools during inactivity and thickens into a clot. It’s more likely to happen in the lower part of your body, but it can also happen in your arm or other areas. If the clot begins to travel, it could make its way to your lungs and lead to pulmonary embolism, in which the clot blocks the flow of blood. If that happens, your lungs could be seriously damaged, and it could even lead to death.

Check with your doctor before you do any of these movements to make sure they’re safe for you.

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