Recognizing The Signs And Symptoms Of Blood Clots

By Katy Gilligan
Updated October 24, 2016
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Recognizing The Signs And Symptoms Of Blood ClotsBlood clots can help the body when there is severe bleeding from an injury or cut. However, blood clots can come from certain causes and risk factors when they are not necessary. This is when they can cause problems like heart attack, stroke and other serious complications. Blood clots do not allow blood to return to the heart, and the symptoms and signs that occur when this happens are because of the blood being restricted from the heart. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of unnecessary blood clots can help save a person’s body from irreversible damage, as well as protect the heart from unneeded damage.

Blood Clot Symptoms:

Blood clots sometimes do not show any symptoms until some of the serious complications arise. Sometimes the symptoms that occur because of blood clots are similar to that of other conditions, so it can be difficult to tell the difference. If you are over 60 years old, if you smoke, if you're overweight, or if you sit for long periods of time, the risk of developing blood clots is higher. If you are prone to any of these risk factors, you should stay alert and educate yourself about the different signs any symptoms of blood clots.

Blood clots can happen in a number of places throughout the body. There are different symptoms for the different locations of the blood clot. The most common place for a blood clot to occur is in the lower leg. When a blood clot happens in the leg, you may experience a number of different symptoms, including: swelling, tenderness, a warm sensation, pain the calf when you stretch your toes upward, pain in the leg overall, and a pale or blush discoloration. The symptoms that occur will depend on the size of the clot. This is why you may not experience any symptoms if the clot is small. Swelling may be minimal and may be accompanied by more pain than anything else. When the clot is large, the entire leg could become swollen with major pain.

Blood Clots In The Heart:

Another place where a blood clot can occur is in the heart. This is a less common location for a blood clot to happen, but it is important to recognize the symptoms so you can be alert if a clot ever does develop in the heart. Your chest may hurt or feel very heavy if you have a blood clot in the heart. Shortness of breath and lightheadedness are also symptoms that could present themselves.

Blood Clots In The Lungs:

The lungs are another location where a blood clot can occur. A blood clot that travels to the lungs is called a pulmonary embolism (PE). Some of the symptoms that may present themselves in this situation include: chest pain, coughing up blood, breathing problems, rapid heart rate and sudden shortness of breath that cannot be explained by exercise.

Blood Clots In The Abdomen:

The next location where blood clots can appear is in the abdomen. The symptoms that company a blood clot in the abdomen are similar to those of food poisoning or a stomach virus. You may feel abdominal pain that comes along with vomiting or diarrhea if you are experiencing a blood clot in this location.

Blood Clots In The Brain:

The last place where a blood clot can occur is in the brain. A blood clot that occurs in the brain can cause severe headache, as well as sudden difficulty speaking and seeing.

Recognizing the symptoms of a blood clot can help you save you body from extreme damage. When blood clots occur and do not allow blood to flow properly to the heart, there can be serious consequences. Knowing where blood clots can occur, as well as what the symptoms are can help you recognize the symptoms and seek medical attention sooner.

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