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7 Myths about Life-threatening Blood Clots

Blood clots form due to blood hardening. They can form in the blood vessels or even within the heart. There are several popular myths and misconceptions about blood clots.

Blood Tests By Himanshu Sharma / Aug 14, 2014

Myths associated with Blood Clots

Blood clots are healthy and lifesaving, however, they can also lead to serious medical problems such as heart attack and stroke. Blood must flow continuously throughout the body. When bleeding occurs, blood clots. Blood clots as a result of complex interaction between substances in blood and the blood vessel walls. Blood clots due to harderning of blood. They can form in the blood vessel or even within the heart. There are several popular myths and misconceptions about blood clots. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Blood Donation can give you Blood Clots

Blood clotting after blood donation happens when the person is dehydrated. Before donating your blood, it is advised that you drink water or juices. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Vegans are Prone to Blood Clots

Blood clots do not form because of a vegan diet but due to vitamin K deficiency. A vegan diet that has food options such as spinach, mustard and cabbage gets sufficient amount of vitamin K. The nutrient acts as a blood thinner and prevents the blood from clotting. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Eating Fatty Foods cause Blood Clots

It is a common belief that eating a high fat meal causes blood clots. Consuming high fat foods doesn’t lead to building of fat in the blood. A diet high in fat may lead to conditions such as arthritis, sclerosis, diabetes and obesity, all of which are main causes of blood clots but don't up the chances of blood clots. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Alcohol can Cure Blood Clots

Consuming moderate amount of alcohol acts as a blood thinner, the way it has positive effect on blood. Moderate drinkers tend to have activated platelets which are much stickier, which may lead to blood clots and not cure them. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Massage during Pregnancy doesn’t cause Blood Clots

Massage improves blood circulation, but not for those who are expecting. On the contrary, massage during pregnancy puts one at higher risk of blood clot formation. Therefore, it is better for expecting mothers to avoid massages. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Men can get Blood Clots after Sexual Intercourse

Sexual intercourse has nothing to do with blood clots in healthy people. Although, those who don’t maintain genital hygiene, they are likely to get blood clots due to prostate infections and dirty urinary tract. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Economy Class Travellers are Prone to Blood Clots

Blood clots are caused because the passengers tend to remain in the same posture without moving their lower limb for a long time. It doesn’t make any difference if you travel first class or economy class. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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