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Preventing and Treating Blood Clots

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 Blood clots can be serious if left untreated. It is vitally important that you know the signs of a blood clot so that you can get treated as soon as possible. There are ways of not only preventing but treating a blood clot before it leads to a more serious condition.

Blood clots, also known as deep vein thrombosis, occurs in people who do not move around very often after an injury or surgery. They can be serious if they aren’t treated right away.

Causes of Blood Clots

If you live a sedentary lifestyle than blood clots can form. There are a few other reasons why you can develop a blood clot:

  • Age of 65 or older
  • Cancer
  • Have broken a bone
  • Recent surgery
  • Birth control
  • Obesity
  • Confined to a chair or bed for long periods of time
  • Have heart trouble
  • Have had a stroke
  • History of blood clots
  • Spend lots of time in cars, planes or trains

Some people are more likely than others to get blood clots.

Symptoms of a Blood Clot

These are just a few symptoms to keep a look out for:

  • Redness on the skin
  • Swelling in the arm or leg
  • Soreness or pain in the arm or leg
  • Warmth spreading on your leg.

If you have one or more of the symptoms call you doctor right away or head to the emergency room. It’s best to have a blood clot treated as soon as possible to avoid severe complications.

Blood Clots Can Be Deadly

When a blood clot makes a home in your veins or groin it can easily break loose and move to other areas of your body. A blood clot that moves to your lungs can be very dangerous. When a blood clot goes to your lungs it’s called a pulmonary embolism and it can be life-threatening. You need to go to the emergency room immediately.

Symptoms of a blood clot in the lungs:

  • A fast heartbeat
  • Chest pain
  • Mild fever
  • Fainting smells
  • Loss of consciousness

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