Keep Active, Avoid Pulmonary Embolism

Pulmonary embolisms, which occur when a blood clot from the legs travels up the blood stream to the lungs and causes a blockage, affects more than 600,000 Americans annually, killing 10 percent of them. Looking at the risk factors for pulmonary embolisms in a long-term study, researchers discovered that staying active could halve your chances of developing one of the dangerous clots.

That’s right; the secret to preventing a pulmonary embolism seems to be simply moving around. In fact, consistent, light activity was found to be more effective than occasional spurts of intense exercise. According to the research, people who spent the most time sitting at home had the highest risk of developing a pulmonary embolism. Furthermore, compared to the most active people, the least active subjects were twice as likely to have this clot.

As usual, one health problem tends to be linked to several others. Those with a pulmonary embolism were generally found to be not only out of shape and obese, but have hypertension and coronary heart disease, too.

In addition to general inactivity, other risk factors for pulmonary embolisms include:

  • Age
  • Cancer
  • High blood pressure
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking

So get moving to keep that blood flowing to help your body and avoid the tragedy of a pulmonary embolism.


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