Home treatment is not recommended for
initial treatment for
pulmonary embolism. But it is important for preventing
more clots from developing and causing a
deep vein thrombosis, which can lead to recurring
Exercise. Keep blood moving in your legs by
pointing your toes up toward your head so that your calves are stretched, then
relaxing. Repeat. This exercise is especially important when you are sitting
for long periods of time, for example, on long driving trips or airplane
Get up out of bed as soon as possible after an illness or
surgery. It is very important to get moving as soon as you are able. If you
cannot get out of bed, do the leg exercises described above every hour to keep
the blood moving through your legs.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 12, 2014
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