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Lifestyle Changes Reduce Risk Of Fatal Blood Clots

May 2, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
A nearly five-year study by U.S. researchers found that, among seven healthy lifestyle changes, regular physical activity and a low body mass index (BMI) had the biggest positive impact on the risk of deadly blood clots. Participants in the study were rated on their health based on physical activity, avoiding smoking, diet, maintaining a healthy body mass index, and controlling blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol. Researchers compared the incidence of blood clots among the participants with various levels of heart health. Participants with optimum health had a 44 percent lower risk of blood clots than those with inadequate health. Those with average health had a 38 percent lower risk. The study followed 30,239 adults 45 years or older for 4.6 years.
"Seven Simple Lifestyle Steps May Decrease Risk of Blood Clots", News release, presentation at the AHA's Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology 2013 scientific sessions, May 02, 2013, © AHA
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