Keep an eye out for any of these deadly pointers.
Don’t you think that it would be an awesome thing if you could know beforehand that you were going to get sick so that you could do something to avert it? Although it doesn’t always work this way when it comes to flu or colds, there are actually a few signs that your body gives when there is a formation of a blood clot.
Basically, a blood clot is what it sounds like; a cluster of blood in one place. However, it is when the blood’s structure changes from liquid to something more gel-like (basically, what you experience when you get a cut; you bleed for a little while, but the bleeding stops when the blood coagulates into something more solid) that this flow stops.
Blood clots can also get more serious sometimes, like when there is a clot in the major veins of the body
Ii he blood clot remains stationary in the body, it’s usually not fatal. However, if you don’t treat it, it can move via the veins into the lung and the hart. A clot in the lungs is known as a pulmonary embolism. This condition requires immediate medical attention as it could lead to death.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, pulmonary embolisms kill about 900.000 Americans annually. These types of blood clots also kill another 100,000 Americans a year.
Although the signs of a blood clot usually depend on the kind of clot, you should be able to recognize the signs before they worsen.
Here are 9 signs that you might want to always be on the lookout for:
A racing heart
A blood clot in the lungs can limit the flow of oxygen to the lungs, and this can lead to a speedy heart rate. The heart tries to make up for this shortage, and it starts to race.
Pains in the chest
The pain you experience when you have a pulmonary embolism is similar to the one you get when you have a heart attack. However, if it’s a blood clot, the pain will be sharp, and it will only get worse as you breathe on.
Due to the reduction in the flow of oxygen, a blood clot can also make it difficult for the victim to breathe. You might even feel like you’re about to pass out
A sudden cough
Coughs are usually associated with colds or sore throats, but it might be a blood clot if a cough is dry and if it seems to just come out of nowhere. If you begin to cough blood or mucus, then call 911 quickly.
Discoloration in the skin
Deep vein thrombosis can also cause a streak or patch of redness all over the legs or arms.
If you notice sudden swelling in a sheen or ankle, it could also be a sign of deep vein thrombosis. The clot essentially restricts the flow of blood in the legs.
Pains in the leg or arms
It can be as simple as muscle cramping, but also keep an eye out if the pain gets worse as you walk o when you flex your foot upwards.
If you have a blood clot in your abdomen, then you can become nauseous and throw up. It might also be accompanied by abdominal pains.
This can be a sign or central retinal artery occlusion, especially if this impaired vision is accompanied by balance issues like vertigo.