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Blood Clots: The Untimely Death of A Stylist

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It was almost a year ago that the news about Annabel Tollman was announced. The popular celebrity stylist worked with many celebs such as Scarlett Johansson, Shakira, the Olsen sisters as well as Marion Cotillard. The stylist was found dead at the age of 36 seemingly for no reason; she died in her sleep after suffering from a blood clot. She was at the top of her game and many wondered what could go wrong with a young healthy girl. This is what you need to know about this life-threatening issue.

Do Young Adults Need To Worry?

You will be happy to know that although there have been cases, young adults typically don’t suffer from blood clots. Even those that do get blood clots don’t die. It depends on the size of the clot and how soon you catch it. If a pulmonary embolism is discovered and treated most people recover from it. Annabel was likely unaware of her condition and probably had a large clot that caused her death.

Common Reasons That Blood Clots Develop?

In the case of Annabel it was noted that she recently had surgery which can increase your chances of getting a blood clot. Blood thinners are often given after surgery to help prevent clots. That’s not always the case for minor surgeries which was also the case for Annabel. Other causes of blood clots include: genetic disorders, birth control, pregnancy, smoking, obesity, cancer and a sedentary lifestyle.

Are There Warning Signs To A Blood Clot?

A pulmonary embolism is usually the result of deep vein thrombosis, also a blood clot in the leg. Blood clots typically aren’t fatal unless they travel to other areas of your body like the lungs. There are symptoms of DVT such as pain in the leg, and red, swollen areas. The signs of a pulmonary embolism is shortness of breath, coughing, chest pain and even loss of consciousness.

How Are Blood Clots Treated?

Treatment for blood clots are usually blood thinners. They are either given as injections or in pill form. Your treatment will begin in the hospital so that you can be watched closely and then you will take medication home with you. This can go on for several months depending on the severity of the clot.

Blood thinners are given to help dissolve the blood clot and to hopefully prevent anymore from developing. If you have a large clot you may also be given a strong anti-clotting medication. If you suffer from a pulmonary embolism you will likely be put on life support until your body can recover. Once you are stable you will return home with medication.

 

 

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