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Pulmonary Embolism Prevention

Prevention

Prevention of pulmonary embolism means preventing clots from forming.

You can help prevent clots with a healthful lifestyle:

  • Eat a healthful diet , one that is low in saturated fat and rich in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
  • Begin a safe exercise program with the advice of your doctor.
  • Walk or move your legs to break up long periods of sitting. If your are traveling, get up and walk every 3 hours.
  • If you smoke, quit .
  • Unless you are on a fluid-restricted diet, be sure to drink lots of water.

People at high risk of developing blood clots can do the following:

  • Take medicine, if your doctor recommends it. Anticoagulant drugs are most commonly used.
  • Wear elastic stockings (also called support hose) to improve circulation in your legs.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2020 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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