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What Can You Do To Prevent Blood Clots
Good question: Stay physically active, avoid excess weight, don't smoke, stand and stretch your legs often if on a long car or plane trip, make sure you get preventative measures if you are to be immobilized for a prolonged period of time (like after surgery), and be aware of medications that increase risk of clots like tamoxifen or estrogen. ...Read more
Nattokinase/Vit E &: There is significant risk of blood clots in the legs on long flights, which can travel to the lungs. Walking some every hour or two should help. Drink lots of fluids. Wobenzym, vitalzym, nattokinase & lumbrokinase are the most effective natural blood thinners (any one of these is adequate). Other supplements that prevent clots include vitamin e, garlic, ginger and turmeric/curcumin. ...Read more
Vitamins: The clotting system is very well self-regulated; there is little you can do to change it. About the only thing that matters is that some clotting factors depend on the presence of vitamin k in the diet; if there isn't enough, the production of clotting factors will go down, and your blood won't clot normally. That's how Coumadin (warfarin) works - it interferes with the function of vitamin k. ...Read more
What can you do when you can't take hormones do to blood clots and breast cancer to help with symtoms?
Menopause: Menopausal symptoms can be helped by diet, exercise, yoga and meditation. Some women find benefit with ssri's which are used to treat depression. You may want to talk with a doctor trained in alternative medicine. Visit menopause, org http://www.Menopause.Org/edumaterials/guidebook/guidebook.Aspx. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Sphygomanometer: How's that for a term for the national spelling bee. That device with a stethoscope is used to measure the sounds in arteries as the device raises and lowers cuff pressure on usually the arm. The changes in sounds will allow your health professional to assign a value for the upper (systolic) and lower (diastolic) blood pressure throughout your body. ...Read more
Risk factors: Control hypertension, high blood fats, especially triglycerides, avoid elevation of homocysteine, treat heart disease vigorously, careful control of diabetes, and exercise regularly, and foliow mediterranean diet. If prior stroke or tia, take Aggrenox and a statin. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Maybe normal?: For some people, esp skinny people, a low BP like 90 can be normal. So if you feel good and are not anorexic, and BP at least 90, there may be nothing you have to do. If you get lightheaded you should get checked out, get some basic bloodwork, stay hydrated and possibly keep a little extra salt in the diet. ...Read more
Need diagnosis: Blood flow to the nose is controlled by the autonomic nervous system. These nerves control the size and rate of blood flow to the mucosa of the lining of the lateral wall (turbinates) and middle of the nose (septum). Dilation of the blood vessels is a vagal response. Constriction of the blood vessels is a sympathetic (adrenaline) response. I do not think you can control these responses. ...Read more
Control the BP: High blood pressure (htn), if uncontrolled, will lead to cva/strokes. You must therefore control your HTN to goal. This can be accomplished with medications and various changes that you must make, like weightloss, eating a balanced diet, exercise, stop smoking, control cholesterol, decrease salt, less than 2 cups of caffeine, less than 3 drinks of alcohol, control stress, pray/meditate and monitor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Common sense: Primary prevention is essential to a healthy long life. Certain cardiac risk factors can be modified others cant. You can't change your age, gender, family history, etc. You can modify and change things like your weight, sedentary life style, your diet etc. If you have diabetes or hypertension strict controll and medical compliance is essential.The more risk factors the more agressive you need to be. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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