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Ways to prevent pulmonary embolism

Posted on January 15, 2015 8:27 am under Defective Metal Hip Implants

Pulmonary embolism occurs when an embolus, or a blood clot, travels into the lungs and lodges into one of its arteries. This condition can cause serious, sometimes even life-threatening health risks, such as pulmonary hypertension and heart failure. People who smoke, have a cardiovascular disease, and sit or stand for a prolonged period of time are at highest risk of developing this disease.

To prevent pulmonary embolism, consider these tips:

  • For individuals who underwent general surgery or need to stand or sit for a prolonged period of time, wearing compression stockings may help prevent the formation of blood clots in the deep veins of the legs because of immobility
  • For travelers, walking around and flexing your muscles a bit may help prevent the formation of blood clot
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, which can trigger the formation of blood clot

However, the risk of pulmonary embolism is higher among individuals who have undergone hip replacement surgery with a defective metal-on-metal Biomet hip implant. To explore your options for possibly filing a lawsuit against the medical device maker, speak with a Milwaukee-based attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling (414) 271-0900 today.