Pulmonary Embolism: Treatment, Diet and Home Remedies

Food and Nutrition

Foods to be taken
  • A variety foods such as lean proteins like chicken, fatty fish, whole grains such as oats, fruits such as apples and a variety of vegetables to ensure proper nutrition.
Foods to be avoided
  • Cranberry products such as juice can increase the potency of warfarin (a drug commonly prescribed to treat pulmonary embolism), which can lead to bleeding problems. If you have a pulmonary embolism and are prescribed warfarin you should avoid eating cranberries and drinking cranberry juice.
  • Alcohol and liquorice also decrease the effectiveness of warfarin.

Yoga and Exercise

  • Perform simple leg exercises, such as regularly flexing your ankles
  • Take occasional short walks when possible
Pranayama can help support the healthy function of pulmonary arteries using inhalation, retention and exhalation to purify blood as it moves into the lungs. 
  • Alternate Nostril Breathing
  • Diaphragmatic Breathing
  • Kapalabhati

Home Remedies

  • If you know you will need to sit or stand for long periods, wear compression stockings to encourage blood flow
  • Elevate your feet for 30 minutes twice a day
  • If you need to be stationary for long periods of time, move around for a few minutes each hour: move your feet and legs, bend your knees, and stand on tip-toe

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