Friday, May 17, 2013

Blood Clot Risk Management

We already know all this, but showing it statistically is always good. As also expected, plenty of walking along with a well managed weight are the two best things that one can do.

My father lived from diagnosis at age 57 through 86 by pretty well living those two realities. He made a point to put time daily into his garden. It does not sound like much but all your muscles are gently worked doing this.

In fact, it is long overdue to revisit our assumptions on exercise. Progressive training serves no purpose most of our lives. It is to reach a necessary standard that this is done. Otherwise a standard set is valuable to sustain that standard and the closer to whole body the better. That is why swimming is so good.

Seven Simple Lifestyle Steps May Decrease Risk of Blood Clots

May 2, 2013 — Blood clots in the legs or lungs (deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism) kill an American about every 5 minutes. Adopting seven simple lifestyle steps could help reduce your risk of these potentially deadly blood clots, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology 2013 Scientific Sessions.

In a large, long-term study, researchers followed 30,239 adults who were 45 years or older for 4.6 years. Researchers rated participants' heart health using the seven health indicators from the American Heart Association Life's Simple 7. They include being physically active, avoiding smoking, following a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy body mass index, and controlling blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol. They then compared the incidence of blood clots among those whose heart health rated as inadequate, average and optimum.

Among participants with optimum health, the risk of blood clots was 44 percent lower than those with inadequate health. Those with average health had a 38 percent lower risk.

Maintaining ideal levels of physical activity and body mass index were the most significant lifestyle changes related to lower risk of blood clots.

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