Dr. Oz: How to Prevent Blood Clots
Dr. Oz welcomed an Assistant of the Day named Diana, who did a stretch as she walked down the steps, so that she could stretch out her pants a little bit more to get some movement. Dr. Oz thought it was a victory dance and I did, too.
It turns out the average person has about six liters of blood. That’s three two-liter bottles. Dr. Oz had Diana hold three two liter bottles filled with water. Dr. Oz said if the blood stopped coursing through the veins, it could be very dangerous. That’s what happens with a blood clot.
Dr. Oz: How Do Clots Form?
Let’s say you’re sitting around for a long time and down in your legs, the blood stops moving and you get a clot. The clot can zip through the veins and go up through the heart and into the lungs, it can actually block off the ability of the lungs to work. It can cause something called a pulmonary embolism. What started as a little calf pain has turned into something dangerous.
Dr. Oz demonstrated that there are other things in the blood besides red blood cells like platelets, clotting factors, and white blood cells which protect the immune system. Dr. Oz had Diana pour a bunch of bouncy balls that represented these into a tube of clear water. He asked her to shake the tube around, which demonstrated how the blood is when you move. The blood cells move all over the place. But when you don’t move, the blood will settle in and can clot, just like how the balls fell to the bottom of the tube when it wasn’t moving.
Dr. Oz: Prevent Blood Clotting
Dr. Oz said that the risk of a blood clot goes up 20 percent for every hour that you sit without getting up. We sit around when we’re on a plane, working at a desk, driving a car, and sitting on a couch. Diana said she does all of these things. Dr. Oz said his big problem was in driving a car.
Dr. Oz showed that the key thing to prevent blood clots is tapping your foot while sitting. The muscles contract and it squeezes the blood vessels so you don’t have clotting. Then Dr. Oz and Diana did a weird dance. Neither one of them were very good at dancing, but this seems like great advice.