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Are there good ways to avoid blood clots in the lung?
9 doctors weighed in

Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
5 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Stay out of the hospital (its one of the more common complications of being confined to a bed) stay active, don't smoke, and pick the right grandparents (risk for blood clots is partially hereditary).
Other known risk factors include looooong flights or car rides without intermittent exercise (over 5 hours), obesity, contraceptive use, and heart failure. Prior clots are the biggest risk factor.

In brief: Yes
Stay out of the hospital (its one of the more common complications of being confined to a bed) stay active, don't smoke, and pick the right grandparents (risk for blood clots is partially hereditary).
Other known risk factors include looooong flights or car rides without intermittent exercise (over 5 hours), obesity, contraceptive use, and heart failure. Prior clots are the biggest risk factor.
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
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Dr. Lisa Hogan
When you are on a long flight or car ride wear knee-high compression stockings and "pedal" your feet by alternately flexing and pointing your feet so that you activate your calf muscles for a few minutes on a frequent basis.
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgery - Oncology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Don't smoke. Exercise - avoid long trips in cars and prolonged sitting in the same spot.
Keep your weight down. If you are at increased risk, avoid birth control pills or other estrogens. Talk with your doc if you have a family history. You may need specific tests and specific medication.

In brief: Yes
Don't smoke. Exercise - avoid long trips in cars and prolonged sitting in the same spot.
Keep your weight down. If you are at increased risk, avoid birth control pills or other estrogens. Talk with your doc if you have a family history. You may need specific tests and specific medication.
Dr. Richard Orr
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