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Decline in movement from working at home, sheltering in place can cause blood clots

Posted at 7:31 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 20:52:54-04

WACO, TX. — With the shelter in place order, you might be spending a lot more time on the couch and a lot less outside. Dr. Jay Radhakrishnan says there are risk factors you can face from not moving as much as needed.

"When the blood is not moving, it remains stagnant and not flowing. That is when the clots start to form," said Dr. Radhakrishnan, an Interventional Radiologist.

He says making sure you are moving to keep that blood flowing is a must for your health.

"Anytime you are not going to be moving for long periods of time, you are going to be at some risk for developing these kinds of problems," said Dr. Radhakrishnan.

These problems can be easily avoided by adding light activity. Before this coronavirus crisis, Dr.Radhakrishnan says he cautioned folks who worked from home.

"We have patients, even without this pandemic, who have those desk jobs and they are sitting for many hours of the day," he said.

His suggestion to stay fresh and mobile is as simple as calf raises.

"Anything you can do to keep those calf and foot muscles activated is going to help reduce your risk for developing any type of blood clot," said Dr. Radhakrishnan.

Local certified trainer Ross Coskrey agrees, and says there's a lot of ways to stay active.

"It's super important to keep your blood flowing. Just taking a walk outside. It does not have to be long or intense, just that walk makes a big difference," said Coskrey.

He also suggest at home work-outs like squats and push-ups during a commercial break just to get your heart rate up and body flowing. If you would like to check out his at-home workout program, you can find it here.

People of all ages can get a blood clot, so remember it's about making sure your body is moving for your own health.