3 Ways to Prevent Arterial Embolism

1. Determine Your Risk Factor for Blood Clots

Schedule an evaluation with your doctor to determine if you fall into a high-risk group for arterial embolism. If you have a past history of blood clots or have just recently had surgery, you have a higher-than-average chance of developing another clot. People who smoke, are overweight, have high cholesterol and don’t exercise much are also more prone to embolism. Certain medications you may take can also increase your risk. Discuss all of these factors with your doctor to know if you are in immediate danger.

2. Make Lifestyle Changes

Prevent the occurrence of blood clots by changing the risk factors you have control over. If you are overweight, try to shed some pounds, but more importantly, eat a heart-healthy diet that is low in cholesterol and saturated fats. Use a nicotine patch or gum to help you quit smoking. Becoming more active through daily exercise can reduce your risk of arterial embolism and have a positive effect on all aspects of your health. Start off slow, with a walk around the block after dinner. Gradually increase the amount of time you walk, and look into getting a gym membership or playing in a recreational sports league. Learn how to manage high levels of stress, which can also help lower your risk of blood clots. Exercise is a great stress-buster, but if it’s not helping you enough, think about taking an anger-management class or speaking to a counselor.

3. Take Blood-Thinning Medication

Some people are genetically predisposed to having blood clots, a condition that needs to be addressed medically. Blood thinners are medications used to prevent the blood cells from sticking together, and are commonly used by people who have heart problems and other circulatory issues. Ask your doctor if medication is an option for you. Warfarin and heparin are two of the most well-known blood thinners.