Should You Avoid Exercise If You Have a Blood Clot in Your Heart?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 11, 2020 9:04:20 AM ET
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People experiencing symptoms of a blood clot in the heart should see a doctor immediately and not exercise because blood clots left untreated can lead to blockages that are lethal, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute as well as the Dr. Weil Institute. A blockage known as a pulmonary embolism occurs in the lung but travels to another area on the body, such as the leg, and can seriously damage vital organs.