Are You at Risk for Blood Clots?

Even top athletes are susceptible, and should learn symptoms and prevention strategies

Under the right conditions, even top athletes can be at risk for blood clots. Whether you're traveling hours on a plane, dehydrated or taking a new medication, there are several risk factors that can make anyone susceptible to this deadly condition.

In this great article in Runner's World, Jenny Hadfield talks about her personal experience with a blood clot and shares how you can watch for this condition. She talks about the risk factors, how clots develops, the symptoms and prevention strategies. But it goes beyond that.

Through her own personal research, Hadfield discovered that 85 percent of people who suffer from air travel thrombosis (developing a blood clot while on a plane) are athletic endurance athletes. It turns out athletes have specific risk factors that can make them more susceptible than others, including low heart rates and blood pressures or fatigured muscles from a race.

Most of all, Hadfield encourages athletes to listen to their bodies. Even a doctor can miss a blood clot (in Hadfield's case, it took the ultrasound technician 60 minutes to find the clot).

To read the full article and learn whether you're at risk, visit Runner's World.

Via Runner's World.