Health Tip: Help Prevent a Blood Clot

(HealthDay News) -- Blood clots most often occur in people who don't move around enough and among people who have had recent surgery or injury. A clot can travel to the heart or brain, leading to a heart attack or stroke.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests how to help prevent a blood clot:

  • Wear clothing and socks that fit loosely.
  • Occasionally lift your legs to about six inches above your heart.
  • If prescribed by your doctor, wear compression stockings.
  • Follow your doctor's recommendations for exercise and take all medications as prescribed.
  • Avoid sitting or standing in the same position for longer than one hour.
  • Limit your salt intake.
  • Avoid crossing or bumping your legs.
  • Don't put pillows beneath your knees.
  • Elevate the end of your bed about four to six inches.

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