ATP stands for adenosine triphosphate. ATP is a high-energy substance the body produces in millions of little structures called mitochondria, which are found inside the cells. Mitochondria are the parts of the cell responsible for producing energy. They produce billions of ATP molecules every second. If your body’s ATP production is low, you don’t have enough energy to function at your peak.
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What is ATP or adenosine triphosphate?
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How do I avoid blood clots if I have to fly after major surgery?
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredMajor surgery puts you at risk of forming blood clots for up to three months.
A long trip during which you can't move around much impedes circulation in your lower body, which also increases your chances of clots. When a travel-related clot forms, it's often in a deep vein of the leg or pelvis and is called a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). If a clot breaks free and travels to your lungs, it can be fatal. Here's how to lower your DVT risk:
- Move your butt. Get up every half hour to walk about the cabin. Moving your leg muscles helps "pump" blood.
- Roll and flex. If you can’t get up, roll your ankles and flex and point your toes at least 10 times every half hour to activate your leg muscles.
- Drink lots of water and no alcohol. Do not become dehydrated. It makes blood thicker and more likely to clot.
- Wear compression stockings. They apply graduated pressure on your legs from the ankles up, which keeps blood moving.
- Wear loose clothes (no body shapers), and don't cross your legs. Putting any kinks on lower-body veins inhibits circulation.
- Take two baby aspirin. If your doctor says it's okay, take them with half a glass of water one hour before your flight and every day for three days afterward.
How are blood clots formed?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredA blood clot, also known as a thrombus, is formed when particles in your blood combine to form a solid piece of matter. A blood clot usually consists of platelets, fibrin, and other components. They usually form for your benefit -- to stop bleeding after a cut or scrape. However, blood clots can form in situations that don’t involve a cut at all. Long periods of inactivity or damage to an arterial wall can also form a clot. An embolus is a traveling, broken-off piece of a thrombus. As it travels, it eventually degrades. However, if it travels through a more narrow passageway and gets stuck, the consequences can be deadly.
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