Blood clots formed in the veins can be very dangerous. Understanding the signs of a blood clot is important for a timely response.
Blood clots are the body’s response in the case of bleeding. The blood turns into a gel-like state and in this way stops bleeding. But when normal body systems don’t work well, internal blood clots can form inside the veins, causing alarming problems.
In a paper published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine in 2010, it was estimated that internal blood clots are “a major public health problem that affects an estimated 300,000–600,000 individuals in the United States each year.”
For education purposes, here we’ve listed eight common symptoms of a blood clot to be aware of.
1. Cough without a cold
If coughing occurs for an extended time and you aren’t sick, pay attention to this sign, because it could be a symptom of a blood clot. This kind of coughing may be accompanied by a rapid heart beat, shortness of breath, or chest pain. Don’t ignore these symptoms.
2. Swelling in one limb
When one limb begins to swell up, this could be a sign of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). This is a type of blood clotting that occurs when oxygen is unable to reach your organs. This causes poor blood circulation, which is why swelling happens.
3. Vomiting or diarrhea
If vomiting and diarrhea persist for an extended period of time, and without any obvious reason, then this could indicate a blood clot in the abdomen.
4. Red lines along the veins
Red streaks on your skin that run along the length of your veins could also be cause for concern, especially if these areas feel warmer than other areas of your body upon touch. It may be a sign of blood clotting, and you should seek medical attention immediately if you notice this.
5. Severe or chronic headaches
Headaches happen from time to time, but in the case of a more severe and persisting headache, untreatable by medication, you may want to consult your doctor. It may or may not relate to a blood clot in the brain.
6. Shortness of breath
If you experience a shortness of breath, together with a fluttering sensation in your chest, even dizziness, and a racing heart beat, this could be a sign of blood clots in the lungs.
7. Leg pain or tenderness
Leg pain and tenderness can be early indicators of blood clots. If there is no other reason for the tenderness, such as injury, then it could be a sign of DVT. The legs ache, cramp up, or can be sore to the touch.
8. Chest pain and heavy breathing
Blood clots in the lungs are very dangerous, and that’s why you should never ignore chest pain accompanied with heavy breathing. A blood clot in the lungs can quickly turn fatal, so if you are dealing with such symptoms, don’t ignore it.
If you experience any of the above symptoms, do consult your doctor. With early detection, you may get all the medical attention you need and potentially resolve a blood clot. Even if it’s not a blood clot, you may gain more clarity on your condition. Also, knowing these signs could save your relatives and friends.
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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice.