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Can Exercise Prevent Blood Clots?

Will exercise reduce blood clots? May 8, 2003 — Among overweight people, life-threatening blood clots are common. But exercise can help dissolve blood clots. That’s the finding from a new study, presented at an American Heart Association meeting this week.

What exercise is good for blood clots? Aerobic activity — things like walking, hiking, swimming, dancing, and jogging — can also help your lungs work better after a pulmonary embolism. Studies show that exercise also can improve symptoms of DVT, including swelling, discomfort, and redness. Physical activity can also make you feel more energized.