NeNe Leakes, Real Housewives of Atlanta star says, “I’m blessed to be alive”, and yes she is. She went to the hospital after not feeling good for several days and having shortness of breath. She stated “I know my body and I know when I should be concerned so I went to the hospital to get checked out. After some routine tests, I was diagnosed with blood clots in my lungs,” she continued. “I’m told this happened to me because of the constant traveling around the country that I do for my job.” Her fans spread an outpour of love and concern for her on twitter and facebook.
So where do blood clots come from and how can we be more mindful of how to prevent them?
As like many things blood clots can be caused for several reasons. The best way to prevent this very dangerous health issue from happening to you is to pay attention to your body and keep a healthy lifestyle. Most blood clots are attributed to lifestyle issues like lack of activity, hormone medicine usage, and smoking. You should really learn when your body is communicating with you, because the key to treating a blood clot, or any ailment for that matter, is by catching it early. Blood clots if not treated can affect blood flow, cause severe pain and swelling, and could cause permanent damage.
Basic recommendations for prevention would be:
- Eat less salt
- Don’t sit or stand for extended periods of time
- Exercise regularly
- Avoid crossing your legs
- Avoid excessive alcohol usage
- Avoid smoking and second hand smoke
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