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What ia Blood Clot?


Blood clotting, or coagulation, is an important process that prevents excessive bleeding when a blood vessel is injured. Platelets (a type of blood cell) and proteins in your plasma (the liquid part of blood) work together to stop the bleeding by forming a clot over the injury


How can I tell you have a Blood Clot?


Your symptoms will depend on the size of the clot. That's why you might not have any symptoms, or you might only have minor calf swelling without a lot of pain. If the clot is large, your entire leg could become swollen with extensive pain. It's not common to have blood clots in both legs or arms at the same time


How does a Blood Clot feel?


If you have swelling in one leg, the area is painful and warm, and symptoms get worse over time, be sure to seek medical care. If you feel a pain in your leg, it's likely a cramp or a pulled muscle. But it could be a much more serious condition: blood clots of deep vein thrombosis, also called DVT


Do Blood Clots go away on their own?


These clots are typically broken down by the body and go away on their own, once your injury has healed, but never take chances. Blood clots can be very dangerous if they go undiscovered and untreated.


Can Blood Clots kill you?


Blood Clots That Kill: Preventing DVT. Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body. A deep vein thrombosis can break loose and cause a serious problem in the lung, called a pulmonary embolism, or a heart attack or stroke.


What are signs of a blood clot?


-Symptoms and signs of DVT occur in the leg with the blood clot, and include:




-Warmth to the touch.

-Worsening leg pain when bending the foot.

-Leg cramps (especially at night and/or in the calf)

-Discoloration of skin.


You can help prevent blood clots if you:


-Wear loose-fitting clothes, socks, or stockings.

-Raise your legs 6 inches above your heart from time to time.

-Wear special stockings (called compression stockings) if your doctor prescribes them.

-Do exercises your doctor gives you.


What medication dissolves blood clots?


Clot-dissolving drugs (also called fibrinolytic or thrombolytic medications) actually dissolve blood clots and can rapidly open blocked arteries. Intravenous administration of clot-dissolving drugs such as tissue plasminogen activator (TPA) or TNK can open up to 80% of acutely blocked coronary arteries.


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TIP: If you think you have the symtoms of a blood clot, call your doctor or go to accident and emergency right away!


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