Symptoms of a blood clot to look out for
While people of all ages can be affected, there’s good news: With proper care, it can be prevented.
The risk of developing a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a clot in a deep vein, usually in the lower leg, thigh or pelvis, increases with age.
Clots can also occur in other parts of the body, such as the arm, and if one breaks off and travels through the bloodstream to the lungs, can cause pulmonary embolism (PE) – blockage of the arteries in the lungs.
DVT and PE together are known as Venous thromboembolism (VTE). which can cause serious illness, disability or death.
As many as 100,000 people die from blood clots each year in the United States, According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and VTE affects up to 900,000 Americans each year.
Experts say people should be alert for symptoms of a stroke during or shortly after riding in a car or plane.
Symptoms of DVT include pain or tenderness not caused by an injury or swelling in the leg or arm, skin warm to the touch with swelling or pain, and redness of the skin with swelling or pain.
Symptoms of a pulmonary embolism include difficulty breathing, chest pain that worsens with deep breathing, coughing up blood, very low blood pressure or light-headedness, fainting, and a fast or irregular heartbeat.
If a blood clot is found, most patients will be placed on blood thinning medication The association said surgery may be required in rare cases.
To prevent clots, individuals are advised to know the risks and recognize the symptoms, to consult a doctor as soon as possible if symptoms develop, and to speak with the doctor about blood clots prior to any surgery.