A blood clot is a normal repair process of the body and often has no consequences. But there are situations where they form when they’re not needed. This makes detecting the warning signs that much more important. With the help of WebMD, I’m going to provide you with the top warning signs of a blood clot.
Blood is constantly flowing and in motion throughout the body. The heart pumps it through your arteries and is then returned to the heart. Without constant motion, blood can become stagnant, which results in clots.
Below are the top warning signs of a blood clot.
Swelling: If a blood clot forms in your arms or legs (deep vein thrombosis), you could experience swelling. DVT is more likely to occur if you’ve had surgery, don’t move often, or if you’ve been on a plane for a while.
Color Change/Red Streak: If you notice that an area in your body becomes itchy or turns red or blue, or has a red streak, you may have a blood clot. The change in colour suggests that the area is tender and swelling.
Pain: Your limbs need circulation in order to move. When it’s cut off (blood clot), it can cause inflammation which leads to acute or severe pain in the limb affected.
Breathing Issues: This can mean that the blood clot has moved from your arm or leg to your lungs. You may experience a rough cough, or even cough up blood. Dizziness and pain in the chest are also signs. If this happens, get medical treatment immediately!
Racing Heart: When you have a blood clot in your lungs, your O2 flow slows down. This causes your heart rate to speed up to make up for the slow O2 flow.
Speech or Vision Issues: A blood clot in the brain can be caused by fatty deposits in the blood vessel walls that deposit blood into your brain. This can cause vision and speech problems, seizures and a feeling of weakness.
Nausea or Vomiting: A blood clot can occur in veins that drain the blood from the intestines. It can cause nausea, vomiting, blood in the stool, diarrhea, and pain in the stomach.
High Blood Pressure: If you have a blood clot in your kidneys, it can keep them from removing waste. This can cause kidney failure or high blood pressure. You may also experience a fever, blood in your urine, trouble breathing, and sudden leg swelling.