anticoagulant medicine as prescribed, unless your doctor tells you to stop taking it.
Slowed blood flow
When blood does not circulate
normally, clots are more likely to develop. Reduced circulation may result
Long-term bed rest, such as if you are
confined to bed after an operation, injury, or serious
Traveling and sitting for a long time, especially when
traveling long distances by airplane.
Leg paralysis. When you use your muscles, the muscles contract,
and that squeezes the blood vessels in and around the muscles. The squeezing
helps the blood move back toward the heart. Paralysis can reduce circulation
because the muscles can't contract.
Some people have blood that
clots too easily or too quickly. People with this problem are more likely to
form larger clots that can break loose and travel to the lungs. Conditions that
may cause increased clotting include:
Inherited factors. Some people have an
inherited tendency to develop blood clots that can lead to pulmonary
Family history of close relatives, such as a sibling, who has had deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism.