The short answer to this question is that “yes, you can get a blood clot.” Really anyone can get a blood clot. The four most common risk factors for blood clots are:
- A previous history of blood clots
- A genetic disorder
There are also behaviors and habits that can be risky if you are prone to blood clots.
- Sitting long hours at a desk
- Drinking a lot of coffee and not enough water
- Taking birth control pills
Do any of these risk factors or behaviors sound like something in your life? If so, there is good news for you. You can make sure you stay hydrated. A good rule of thumb about how much water to drink is to halve your weight and drink that number or ounces of water per day. Beware of eating foods high in Vitamin K, because it can thicken the blood. Consider talking to a doctor like Dr. Alan Benvenisty about taking a baby aspirin and fish oil pill every day because they are anti-coagulants. Consider changing some of your behaviors, such as the ones in the list above, that can help reduce the risk of a blood clot.
The thought that you could experience a blood clot at some time is a scary one! We know. Dr. Alan Benvensity is an expert on vascular matters and is happy to discuss all of your needs relating to blood clotting. Call and schedule your appointment today.
Posted on behalf of
440 West 114th St, Second Floor
New York, NY 10025
Phone: (212) 523-4706
Monday & Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM