Have you ever heard of a blood clot? According to healthline a “blood clot is a clump of blood that has changed from a liquid to a gel-like or semisolid state.” Your body clots your blood in a process aimed at preventing it from bleeding out whenever injured.
Also called coagulation, blood clots are an important bodily function aimed at keeping an animal or a person’s survival. Platelets blood cells in your plasma use protein to form the blot clot. The body typically dissolves the blood clot during the healing process. However, there are times when blood clots solidifies within the blood vessels or arteries without a clear injury or do not simply dissolve. In these situations, a trip to your local doctor
1. Arterial Blood Clot – Arterial clots happen in the arteries, thus clogging the blood and oxygen from reaching essential organs. They normally form in the legs and feet, but they also like to form in the brain that will result to a stroke, as well as in the heart that may lead to a heart attack.
Symptoms of Arterial Clots:
– Loss of color to the affected area
– Tingling or numbness in your leg or arm
– Cold arms, fingers, hands and legs
Risk factor of Arterial Clots:
– Lack of Physical Activity
– High Cholesterol
2. Venous Blood Clot – Venous blood clots appear in the veins – sometimes forming after surgery or an episode involving body trauma.
There are 3 kinds of Venous Blood Clot: Superficial Venous Thrombosis (SVT), Pulmonary Embolism (PE) and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Symptoms of Venous Clots as complied by The American Society of Hematology:
1. Arm or Leg – Warmth, swelling, tenderness, and either slowly or sudden pain.
2. Abdomen – Diarrhea, intense abdominal pain and vomiting.
3. Brain – Vision issues, dizziness, headache, difficulty in speaking, and weakness of the face, arms, or legs.
4. Heart – Sweating, nausea, shortness of breath, light-headedness, chest pain, and discomfort in the areas of the upper body
5. Lung – Fever, sweating, coughing up blood, chest pain, shortness of breath, and racing of the heart
Blood Clot Prevention and Tips:
1. Quit Smoking
2. A healthy diet, active lifestyle and proper exercise
3. Medication (Find out if the medication you take in has blood altering properties – such as blood pressure medication or hormonal drugs)
Diagnosing a blood clot by symptoms alone is very difficult. That’s why it’s best to call your doctor if you think that you might have one.
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