Blood contains compounds that support it’s clotting. This properties of the blood is life saving, because it stops the blood flow in case of injury. But if the mechanism of clotting not works well and clots appear in your cardiovascular system then it can be really dangerous to your life. Clots can be a reason for stroke, heart attack and other serious problems.
Dangerous blood clots can be recognized, so here are some tips for disaster prevention:
1. Swelling in one limb
If you have swelling in the limb it can be an indicator for deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Blood clots clogs the circulatory system and stops the normal flow of oxygen to the other organs.
According to the statistics of the American Society of Hematology over 900.000 Americans are affected by this condition and 100.000 of them end up with fatal consequences.
2. Leg pain or tenderness
Another symptom is pain or tenderness in your legs. According to the National Blood Alliance it is another common symptom of deep vein thrombosis. Typical behavior of this pain is describes as cramp or Charley horse.
3. Red streaks on your skin
Bruise is a form of blood clot. If you have red streaks along your veins it’s not a normal bruise, so please visit your doctor and ask for medical help. These streaks are warmer than the normal bruise.
4. Chest pain with deep breathing
According to the National Blood Clot Alliance notes, if you have chest pain followed by deep breathing, it can be a sign for clot in your lungs. Medical help is needed when it comes to this condition, because it can end up with fatal consequences.
5. Shortness of breath
Symptoms like dizziness, fluttering, racing hearth, and shortness of breath is another symptom of blood clot in your lungs.
6. Unexplained cough
Unexplained cough followed by irregular heart rate can be a sign of clot in your chest.
7. Severe Headache
Headache followed by problems with your sight and speaking often could be a indicator for clot in the brain.
8. Abdominal pain
Abdominal pain followed by swelling is a common sign of a clot in the abdomen. But it’s not always case. This type of pain can indicate also stomach virus and food poisoning.
What are the risk factors?
There are a few factors that increase the risk of having a blood clot.:
Other risk factors include:
- Certain birth control pills
- Age, especially if you’re over the age of 65
- Bed rest or being sedentary for long periods of time