DVT, Stroke, Blood Clots… Warning Signs You Must Be Aware Of

Legs Blood Clot

Almost instantly after an injury to a blood vessel, coagulation, or the process of blood clotting sets in, by which blood changes from a liquid to a gel form to ensure the cessation of blood loss from the damaged vessel. This is then followed by repair.

External bleeding is supposed to stop after a few minutes to make sure we don’t bleed out from cutting our finger or other injuries, or surgeries.

However, sometimes blood clots even when it’s not supposed to, such as when it’s still inside your veins. When this happens, blood clotting can be life threatening. Internal clotting can cause a heart attack, a stroke, DVT, and other dangerous medical conditions.

Fortunately, there are always warning signs of a blood clot. Here are the 8 most important ones:

1. Swelling in One Limb.

One disorder resulting from a serious blood clot is called deep vein thrombosis (DVT). When DVT occurs, oxygen is unable to reach your vital organs, causing poor blood circulation, which, in turn, causes swelling. If a limb is swollen for unexplainable reasons, it could be a DVT.

Deep Vein Thrombosis

2. Leg Pain, Tenderness or Heat.

Leg pain or tenderness, or warmth is another common sign of DVT. In addition to limb swelling, DTV causes the legs to ache, cramp up, or feel warm to touch.

3. Red Streaks Along Your Veins.

If you notice red streaks on your skin that run the length of your veins, seek medical attention immediately, as it is a sign of a severe, life-threatening infection.

4. Chest Pain and Heavy Breathing.

Chest pain should never be ignored, nor should heavy breathing. If you experience both symptoms together, however, you may be experiencing a blood clot in the lungs. A clot in the lungs can quickly turn fatal, so should these symptoms arise,  seek medical attention immediately.

Chest Pains

5. Shortness of Breath.

Again, shortness of breath is never a symptom to ignore. If you find that you’re having trouble breathing, experience a fluttering sensation in the chest, have a racing heart, along with dizziness, you may have a clot in the lungs. Each of these symptoms – especially when experienced together – warrant immediate medical attention.

6. A Random Cough Without a Cold.

If you aren’t sick but are coughing for no reason, pay attention to other possible signs of a blood clot. These include, again, apart from pain and warmth in a limb, also rapid heart rate, chest pain, and shortness of breath. If you do notice any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately.

7. Vomiting or Diarrhea.

Severe vomiting and/or diarrhea is not normal under any circumstances, but if it’s ongoing, seek medical attention, as it could also indicate a blood clot in the abdomen.

8. Severe, Chronic Headaches.

If you experience severe headaches on a chronic basis, as well as difficulty seeing or speaking, it may indicate a blood clot in your brain.

Headache

Blood clots are very scary, but if caught in time, the prognosis can be good. Your body is always speaking to you, and for your sake, it is important that you’re always listening.

If a headache seems unusual, leg cramps appear out of nowhere, or you can’t ever seem to catch your breath, don’t write it off as something that will pass; instead, schedule a doctor’s appointment right away. Doing so can mean the difference between life and death.

And most importantly, clean up your lifestyle to prevent blood clots from forming in the first place.

All the insights on how to do this, and much more, in my book The Art of Healing.

 

Much Love, Light and Healing,

with Gratitude,

Dr. Isabella

 

This content was inspired by an article that can be found here.

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