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Advice for avoiding blood clots

The Times of India recently published advice for avoiding blood clots. The story notes that a clot can be deadly if it travels through the veins and reaches the lungs, heart or brain.

It also notes that deep vein thrombosis — or blood clots in the large veins of the legs — mostly affect individuals with sedentary lifestyles, but can happen to anyone with an injury, heart problems or varicose veins.

Other risk factors include smoking, pregnancy and a family history of blood clots. While most birth control pills can increase the risk of blood clots, a number of studies show that oral contraceptives containing the compound drospirenone can increase that risk up to three times compared to other birth control pills on the market.

Birth control pills with drospirenone include Yasmin, Yaz, Beyaz and Ocella.

The Times of India offers the following tips for preventing blood clots:

  • Avoid tight-fitting clothing, including socks and shoes.
  • Regularly exercise to increase heart rate and encourage optimal blood flow. Weight training and running are good. At least 150 minutes of exercise per week is preferable. Ideally, you should do about 40 minutes at least six days a week.
  • If you’re making a long distance journey, change your position at regular intervals. Move your legs every hour or so to enhance the blood flow. If possible, walk around.
  • Drink plenty of water to flush out toxins and avoid thickening of blood. Lack of water in the blood can reduce the flow, increasing the risk of blood clots.

Patients should consult their doctors before making any changes in their medication. A consultation with a Beyaz lawyer is also important if there are significant injuries while on Beyaz or similar birth control pills.

See the story here: