How to Prevent a Blood Clot

An estimated 274 people die every day from blood clots. These clots are not gender nor age specific and can happen to anyone – especially those working in an office environment. Here are some tips to decrease the possibility of developing a clot.


Understand What it Is

A blood clot is a mass of blood that changes from liquid to a gel-like or semi-solid state. Clotting is a necessary process that can prevent one from losing too much blood in certain instances, such as when one injures or cuts oneself. When a clot forms inside one’s veins it won’t always dissolve on its own. This can be a very dangerous and even life-threatening situation. Clots often form because of bad circulation – especially when working at a desk for long periods of time.

Keep Moving

Due to modern life, we spend a lot of time staring at a computer or TV screen. Staying seated for more than 60 minutes without stretching your legs can lead to blood clotting behind or around the knee area. Make sure you take a break at least twice every hour to get the blood flowing again. This applies for those who take on video game marathons too.

Wear Loose Fitting Clothes

Tights pants, socks or even belts may restrict blood flow from the bottom half of your body to the top. This is a big denominator that one should cut out as soon as possible.

Up the Cardio

Cardiovascular exercise promotes healthy blood flow and is pretty much your heart’s way of pumping iron. This in itself can do wonders for your blood circulation and may prevent clots from forming.

Find Out if it’s Genetic

A Protein C deficiency is a disorder that increases the risk of developing abnormal blood clots; the condition can be mild or severe. Individuals with mild protein C deficiency are at risk of a type of blood clot known as a deep vein thrombosis. This deficiency may be passed on genetically but a simple blood test can root out this worry.


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