Some people with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) have concerns about blood clots, and rightfully so as a study by the Journal of American Society of Nephrology noted that when patients experience low blood pressure during dialysis treatment for kidney failure, they are placed at an increased risk of blood clots. According to Harvard Health, “Pulmonary embolism (blockage of a main artery) kills about one in five people who have one.”
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In general, the risks of blood clots blocking up arteries and veins can stop the blood from flowing naturally throughout the body. This is very dangerous because if blood does not get to the brain, it can cause brain damage, stroke, hypertension (high blood pressure), heart attacks and other dangerous side effects. Blood clots start out small but can cause major problems. Thus, if you are a CKD patient, especially those on dialysis, you will want to make sure you are doing everything you can to avoid getting blood clots.
The issue is only exacerbated by the holidays which cause many people to sit for hours driving or flying to see family and friends. This puts individuals, specifically those with CKD, at an increased risk of developing blood clots in their legs or arms
(Deep Vein Thrombosis). Omega 3 fish oil may be used as an effective and natural way for those with CKD to reduce blood clots. This is because omega 3 fish oil is a blood thinner and can break-up or stop clots from forming completely. So this may be a good supplement to add to your diet, especially if you are undergoing dialysis. However, KidneyBuzz.com strongly recommends that you discuss this matter with your Dietitian before taking any supplement. Also note that by eating fatty fish like salmon, mackerel or tuna you can get omega 3 in your system more naturally.
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To avoid clotting you should also move your legs often. Whether you are in a car, plane or conducting your dialysis treatment, try to stretch your legs and keep them uncrossed to avoid build-up. A good rule is to get up every two hours, if you can. At times this is not possible, like during some dialysis treatments, but you can still do leg lifts or use a stationary cycle (peddles only).
If you recently had surgery, KidneyBuzz.com encourages you to check with your doctor about any risks you may have traveling. Also, any unexplained swelling may be due to a clot and you should check yourself into an emergency room or urgent care facility immediately. Simple preventative steps can go a long way in keeping you at your personal peak health.
*Note: Do not forget to order your No BP/No Stick Medical Alert Bracelet!
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