Walk Away From Potential Blood Clots

by April Durrett on Jul 01, 2003

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Your obese clients have many health risks, including potentially harmful blood clots. Fortunately, exercising can help dissolve potential clots, according to research by Dr. Christopher A. DeSouza and colleagues presented at the American Heart Association’s conference on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology in May.

The key is an increased production of a substance called tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) that busts clots. The researchers found that when obese participants walked at a modest pace for about 45 minutes daily for 5 days per week over a 3-month period, about half of them were able to increase the amount of t-PA when needed.

IDEA Personal Trainer, Volume 2004, Issue 7

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April Durrett

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April Durrett is a contributing editor for IDEA Fitness Journal.