According to Mayo Clinic, Blood is supposed to clot as this is the way in which the body stops bleeding. This can be seen quite often, and we have all seen a blood clot in the form of a bruise. But, sometimes blood clots appear when it is not supposed to. When you notice something like this, it means that you might suffer a heart attack, a stroke, or any other serious problem.
How to recognize a dangerous blood clot and how to protect yourself or a loved one?
Swelling in one limb
Swelling in the limb can indicate deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot that prevents blood flow in the circulatory system. DVT is very dangerous because it prevents oxygen from reaching the organs.
According to some statistics, DVT affects over 900,000 Americans annually and it kills up to 100,000 every year.
Leg pain or tenderness
According to the National Blood Alliance, pain or tenderness in the leg is a symptom of deep vein thrombosis. This leg pain is typically described as Charley horse or a cramp.
Red streaks on your skin
As you already know, a bruise is a form of a blood clot. Red streaks running along the veins are a normal bruise. If you see such streaks, call or visit a doctor as soon as possible. They often make the limb warm to the touch.
Chest pain with deep breathing
The National Blood Clot Alliance notes that chest pain with deep breathing is a sign of a blood clot in the lungs. Since, this type of blood clot could be fatal, visit your specialist immediately after you notice something like this.
Shortness of breath
Shortness of breath is a warning sign of blood clot in the lungs. If you notice shortness is breath, fluttering the chest, racing heart, or dizziness, go to the nearest hospital immediately.
If you have an unexplained cough, along with heart rate, seek medical attention.
A blood clot in the brain is manifested by a sudden and severe headache along with difficulty seeing or speaking.
A blood clot in the abdomen is indicated by severe abdominal pain along with swelling. However, it is also a sign of food poisoning and a stomach virus.
What are the risk factors?
A few factors can increase the risk of having a blood clot. For example, a hospital stay, particularly one that is lengthy or related to a surgery, increases the chances of having a blood clot.
Other risk factors include:
- Certain birth control pills
- Age, (over the age of 65)
- Bed rest or being inactive for long periods of time