A large study published by the American Heart Association May 2, 2013 concluded that you can decrease your risk of potentially harmful blood clots if you adhere to 7 simple lifestyle guidelines.
The 7 simple lifestyle choices included being physically active, not smoking, eating a healthy diet, controlling blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol levels and weight.
A large group of people (30,000) , 45 years and older were followed for nearly 5 years.
Heart health was classified as inadequate, average or optimum. The researchers then determined the incidence of blood clots in the 3 groups. The participants classified as having optimum heart health had a 44% lower risk of blood clots compared to those with inadequate heart health. The average heart health group has a 38% lower risk.
The 2 most important factors in lowering the risk of blood clots were found to be maintaining ideal levels of physical activity and body mass index (a measurement of body fat based on height and weight).
This study was presented in Lake Buena Vista, Florida at an American Heart Association meeting.
Note: The data and conclusions have not been published in a peer reviewed journal and should be considered preliminary results for the time being.
From: American Heart Association, new release May 2, 2013.