How do I prevent pulmonary embolism?
- Exercise regularly. If you can’t walk around due to bed rest, recovery from surgery or extended travel, move your arms, legs and feet for a few minutes each hour. If you know you will need to sit or stand for long periods, wear compression stockings to encourage blood flow.
- Drink plenty of fluids, like water and juice, but avoid excess alcohol and caffeine.
- If you need to be stationary for long periods of time, move around for a few minutes each hour: move your feet and legs, bend your knees, and stand on tip-toe.
- Do not smoke.
- Avoid crossing your legs.
- Do not wear tight-fitting clothing.
- Lose weight if you are overweight.
- Elevate your feet for 30 minutes twice a day.
- Talk to your doctor about reducing your risk factors, especially if you or any of your family members have experienced a blood clot.