Health Tip: Help Protect Against Blood Clots
(HealthDay News) -- Dangerous blood clots can develop if you
spend too much time sitting still.
The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality offers these
suggestions to help prevent blood clots:
- Wear loose-fitting socks, stockings and clothing.
- Elevate your legs about 6 inches above your heart when you
- If your doctor recommends them, wear compression
- Move around and change positions frequently. Don't be still for
longer than an hour at a time. Exercise as your doctor
- Limit salt in your diet.
- Protect your legs from injury, and keep them uncrossed.
- Elevate the foot of your bed with books or similar, about 4
inches to 6 inches.
- Take any medication as prescribed by your doctor.
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