Health + FitnessHealth + Wellness

3 Ways to Lower Your Your Risk of a Blood Clot

As a doesn’t health threat, a blood clot, has led to over 100,000 annual deaths in the United States alone. It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female. Anyone can suffer from a blood clot. There are warning signs you need to be aware of, so you know the precautions you can take if you are at risk for developing a blood clot as well as prevention for PE.



What is a Pulmonary Embolism?

Your blood flows from your heart to your lungs through your pulmonary artery. When your blood goes into your lungs, the lung supplies the blood with oxygen; it then travels back to your heart, which pumps blood to the rest of your body.


When a clot gets caught in one of the arteries that goes from your heart to your lungs, it is known as a pulmonary embolism. The clot blocks the normal flow of the blood through your body. Because the clot can block the blood flow to your lungs, it can be life-threatening. However, if you seek medical help right away, you will significantly reduce your risk of death.



What are the Symptoms of a Potential PE?

If an artery in your lung becomes blocked by a blood clot, you have a pulmonary embolism. While symptoms can vary depending on the size of the clot you have or if you have pre-existing health issues, you should seek immediate medical attention if you have any of these symptoms:


  • Shortness of breath
  • Leg pain or swelling, usually in your calf
  • Chest pain
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Pain in your back
  • Cough that may be bloody or blood in the phlegm
  • Sweat more than usual
  • Lightheaded and feel like you might pass out
  • Blue lips or nails


How to Prevent Pulmonary Embolism?

While anyone can develop a blood clot, certain factors put you at a higher risk for developing a pulmonary embolism. Some factors that put you at a higher risk include:


If you have a family history of blood clots or pulmonary embolisms.


  • Heart disease – cardiovascular disease or heart failure
  • Cancer – Certain cancers, especially pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer. Chemotherapy will also increase your risk.
  • Surgery – One of the most leading causes of blood clots. Medication is given to help prevent a blood clot from forming both before and after surgery.
  • Inactivity – If you are inactive for long periods, gravity causes your blood to become stagnate in your lower extremities, which can lead to a blood clot.


In order to lower your risk of developing pulmonary embolism, there are ways to help prevent them including:


  • Blood thinners – Blood thinners are given to patients that are at risk of blood clots. Often these patients have complications from cancer, heart attack, or stroke.
  • Compression stockings – During and after surgery, compression stockings are used as a safe and inexpensive way to prevent stagnation of the blood. They help the blood flow in your veins.
  • Elevation of the legs – While in bed, make sure to elevate your legs at least six inches.
  • Pneumatic compression – This also helps improve the blood flow by squeezing and massaging the veins in the legs. During the treatment of Pneumatic compression, the use of calf-high, or even thigh-high cuffs which will also reduce the risk of PE from occurring.
  • Physical activity – Make sure to exercise on a regularly.
  • Quit smoking – When you stop smoking, it can significantly reduce your chance of developing a blood clot.



Final Thoughts

Make sure you are aware of the warning signs of a potential blood clot and take precautions if you are at high risk for a pulmonary embolism.



This post contains affiliate links and I may receive a commission, at no additional cost to you, should you purchase through one of my links. Please see my disclosure for more information.

Show More

TWL Working Mom

Jennifer is the Owner of TWL and Co-Owner of a Influencer Facebook Group Influential Mamas.  Along with blogging + freelance writing and selling Zyia Activewear, she is a mom, army wife and full-time teacher. Jennifer lives in Washington State and is a born + raised New Yorker. In her spare time, she loves traveling, yoga, the beach, writing, listening to books and drinking coffee.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Back to top button