Health Tip: Help Protect Against Blood Clots
-- 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 can.
- If your doctor recommends them, wear compression stockings.
- Move around and change positions frequently. Don't be still for longer than an hour at a time. Exercise as your doctor recommends.
- 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.
Posted: December 2011