Risk of Blood Clots can be Lowered With Lifestyle Changes

by Savitha C Muppala on May 6 2013 10:44 AM

 Risk of Blood Clots can be Lowered With Lifestyle Changes
Very simple changes in lifestyle that involves healthy eating and exercising well can help reduce the risk of blood clots, a recent study has revealed. The study has underlined the importance of having a healthy body mass index.
Nearly 30,000 people aged 45 and older were tracked for nearly five years. The participants' heart health was evaluated as per the American Heart Association's Life's Simple 7 measures, which are eating healthy, keeping active, avoiding tobacco, and keeping a tab on cholesterol and blood pressure.

Depending on the participants’ statistics against these parameters, they were classified as inadequate, average or optimum. Experts also compared the incidence of blood clots in the three groups.

The results showed that people with optimum heart health had a 44% reduced risk of blood clots as compared to people with inadequate heart health. Those with average heart health had a 38% lowered risk. The researchers discovered that risk of cases of Venus thrombosis (VT) was high among older males. The incidence rates for VT, based on the baseline summary LS7 score categories is 1.8 per 1,000 person years for optimum, 2.1 for average, and 3.1 for inadequate health.

The researchers also said that the crucial factor in reducing the risk of blood clots were maintaining ideal levels of physical activity and body-mass index.