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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