NOTE: This article is lengthy but we encourage you to read it because PULMONARY EMBOLISM is very deadly and the info here might be the reason you don’t get to die from it in future.
We start by saying that we are deeply hurt by the demise of this young and promising lady, GOLDIE HARVEY. May her gentle soul, rest in perfect peace. Apart from her prowess as a singer, we regarded her as one of the very few Nigerian celebrities that take care of their bodies. This is because we have seen pictures of her (just like the one above) that suggest that she either works-out and/or she eats healthy meals. This is to say that this article is not geared at saying that Goldie was not fit but to let u know that whether Goldie truly died of Pulmonary Embolism (PE) (caused by DVT) or not, Pulmonary Embolism could be prevented in several ways, most of all; regular exercise. Although a lot of news blogs have said that there was a press release by some doctors at Reddington hospital saying that the cause of her death is Pulmonary Embolism, we cannot run into conclusions because so far, we’ve not come across any report of an autopsy.
Having a great body because you used to exercise, watch your diet or have good genes, is no reason for you to stop exercising. A lot of people think that one should only exercise when one wants to improve one’s physical appearance. If you are one of those people we are pretty sure that by the time you are done with this article you will realize that regular exercise is the only way to truly stay healthy and not just look externally fit. As long as you are alive you have to continue exercising if you really want to live a healthy life that is free from health problems that are hard to detect like, PE and DVT.
It is with a deep sense of responsibility that we at Allthingsfitnez Services, a personal fitness training company, based in Lagos, Nigeria, are posting this article, through our CEO, Kaycee Nma, to enlighten everyone on the dangers of Pulmonary Embolism/DVT. We hope that through this enlightenment, Goldie’s death would be a life-saver, as it would have afforded a greater number of people the opportunity to take measures to avert/escape death.
You are probably wondering; what is Pulmonary Embolism? According to medic8.com; “Pulmonary embolism, sometimes referred to as pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE), happens when a blood clot blocks the supply of blood to the lungs… In the majority, pulmonary embolism is a side-effect of deep vein thrombosis (commonly referred to as DVT)”. A DVT (deep vein thrombosis) is a blood clot that forms in the legs or sometimes other parts of the body and can travel to the lungs or brain with potentially life-threatening consequences, says LIVESTRONG.COM. Pulmonary embolism often happens to people who do not exercise regularly especially those that travel long distances.
In this article, we will let you in on the causes of DVT (the cause of Pulmonary Embolism) and steps to take in other to prevent it from happening to you. We will also provide you with links to web pages that contain more details like, the symptoms of DVT and how to prevent it.
Causes of DVT:
- Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle.
- chemotherapy treatment,
- taking birth control pills,
- varicose veins,
- Major surgery,(especially if it is conducted on a foot or leg).
Ways to prevent Pulmonary Embolism by avoiding the development of DVT:
First on the list is REGULAR EXERCISE. Now, this is not to say that Goldie did not exercise. In fact from the info we got from a source who claims to have been close to her, she has a gym at home and she works-out. So, obviously she exercises but, what we do not know is if she was exercising regularly towards the period of her demise. December/January was a busy period for those in the music industry especially the likes of Goldie because they had a lot of shows lined up back-to-back. In such situations it’s hard for them to follow a regular exercise routine.
Those of them, like Goldie, who frequently fly long distances, are highly prone to DVT. To prevent DVT via exercise, we advise that you follow a regular workout routine that involves the legs, whether you are on a journey or not. If you often travel long distances; when on a plane, exercise your legs or walk the aisle every hour; if on a road trip, stop to exercise your legs every 1-2hours, to keep blood flowing normally through your veins; so there is no opportunity for a blood-clot.
Below are excerpts from reputable websites that support the relevance of regular exercise in preventing DVT/PE.
Exercise can help prevent blood clots from forming and traveling to the lungs in several ways. For one, obesity is a risk factor for deep vein thrombosis………. Exercising regularly to reach a healthy weight can therefore reduce this risk factor. Being sedentary for long periods of time can also cause a blood clot, so it is important to get at least some physical activity even when recovering from surgery and during long plane or car trips. Additionally, exercise hastens recovery from a pulmonary embolism by increasing circulation, reducing swelling, and restoring lung function.
Although not all DVTs result in pulmonary embolisms, if you take certain measures to prevent a DVT, you can also reduce your risk of pulmonary embolism. One of these preventative measures is exercising; especially while traveling and or recovering from a surgery or injury. During travel, according to ClotCare.com, it is a good idea to exercise the legs at least once every hour. For example, if you’re on a plane or train, you can walk and stretch in the aisle every so often. During long periods of bed rest, it is also important to exercise the legs once an hour. If you’re partially immobilized, using non-immobilized muscles in the lower extremity can help prevent DVT.
Although pulmonary embolism is scary enough in itself, it’s also a common cause of heart disease. So what’s a good way to avoid all that? Movement. Some studies have shown that exercise can help prevent blood clots from forming. And reducing the amount of time each day that you spend totally inactive will help, too. The less you sit, the more you’ll improve blood circulation
The first step to prevent pulmonary embolism is to avoid deep vein thrombosis by following these steps:
- Exercise on a regular basis; if you are sat down for a prolonged period of time exercise your legs and move them around on a regular basis. If you are flying get up and have a walk……….. exercising your legs while in your seat.
- Get up and try to move about as soon as possible after surgery. If you are ill and spending prolonged periods of time in bed, even if you just have a short walk or stretch your legs, this will help to reduce the risk of DVT.
In conclusion, apart from DVT/PE, there are a lot of other deadly diseases that can befall a person who does not exercise regularly. You are advised to follow a daily workout regimen and make sure you do less sitting and more of moving about. On a lighter note, a “busy-body” is a healthier body…lol.
We know this is a time of mourning and sadness because of Goldie’s death but from a positive point of view she didn’t die in vain. Her demise has brought to light this deadly disease and as a result, has saved the lives of many. Goldie Harvey died a saviour!
you are advised to see a doctor before you make any significant change to your diet and workout.
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