Blood clots inside the body are a dangerous problem. They can cause loss of memory, mobility, limbs and lives. While some conditions that can make it more likely that a clot will form there are a few things that can be done to prevent them.
Gamer’s Thrombosis: A young man in New Zealand was diagnosed with this problem after he spent four days playing video games. It started on the second day of a playing marathon that lasted for hours each day. He didn’t go to the doctor until the fourth day, and it took clot busting drugs to heal him.
This same problem, called many different names, can happen on long flights as well. The problem is sitting or lying in one position for hours at a time. You may notice on a long flight that some people will get up and stand at the back of the cabin. That is in order to prevent the problem. Whatever your task, standing up and/or walking around every few hours is a good idea.
Broken Bones: Any broken bone can cause a blood clot, but bones in the lower leg are more likely to do so. This is partly because the limb has to be kept immobile, even when walking around. When in the hospital there is a type of compression device that stimulates blood flow but it cannot be used at home. Talk to your doctor about how to prevent a clot from forming. You may be put on blood thinners to reduce the risk or you may be told to watch for symptoms.
Testosterone Treatment: Marketing has increased the use of testosterone treatments five times. This increase has also brought some serious problems to light. Some drugs increase the risk of blood clots dramatically.
Atherosclerosis: That’s the technical term for hardening of the arteries. It’s caused by a buildup of plaque on artery walls. Plaque contains fat, cholesterol, calcium and other materials found in the blood stream. This material can break loose and travel through the body. It can cause heart attacks and strokes.
It’s important to talk to your doctor about all of your risk factors for developing blood clots. Age, poor circulation and other medical conditions may increase your risk. Your doctor may suggest a physical exam and various tests. There are medications and treatments that can help reduce your risk and/or catch clots early.