Deep Vein Thrombosis (or DVT) is a type of blood clot that typically develops deep in the veins of the leg. DVT is extremely dangerous as it can dislodge and travel to a major organ, or stifle blood flow to the heart. Deep vein blood clots could also lead to Pulmonary Embolisms (PE), in which the blood clot travels to the lungs. According to WebMD approximately 350,000 Americans develop DVT every year and for 10-percent of patients these blood clots are fatal.
Here are ten ways to protect yourself and prevent a blood clot…
1. Butt Out
According to research from the American Society of Hematology, smoking is a primary cause of arterial blood clots due to the fact that smoking may slow the flow of blood in the veins and affect the way blood clots within the body.
To avoid a blood clot due to smoking, butt out! Research the many ways to effectively quit smoking (i.e., prescription medications, nicotine patch) and join a support group to help you quit for good.