A thrombus, more typically called a blood clot, repairs damage done to a blood vessel, artery or vein. It is is a gel-like substance which is formed by platelets and fibrin to help prevent excessive bleeding.
Blood clotting, or coagulation, is an extremely important bodily process because it prevents excess bleeding and can help save your life. Platelets (a certain type of blood cell) and protein in your blood work to create a clot which forms over an injury.
Although blood clots are a healthy and a lifesaving way to stop you from bleeding, sometimes they can form when your body does not need them. This can cause a stroke, heart attack, or other serious and life-threatening medical issues. According to Medical News Today, there are several warning signs and symptoms you can watch out for if you think you have a blood clot.
Here are 8 warning signs of a blood clot that you shouldn’t ignore. It is also important to note that we are not health professionals. If you have any of these warning signs or any questions about blood clots, always contact your doctor or health practitioner.
Internal clotting can cause heart attack, stroke, and other dangerous medical conditions.
Thankfully, there are ways to tell if you are suffering from a blood clot.
Here are 8 signs of blood clotting you should look out for.
Swelling in One Limb.
One kind of serious blood clot is called deep vein thrombosis, also known as DVT.
When DVT occurs, oxygen is unable to reach your vital organs, which then causes poor blood circulation which causes swelling.
If one or more limbs is swollen for unexplainable reasons, it could be a DVT.
Leg Pain or Tenderness.
Leg pain and tenderness is a common sign of DVT. If your legs ache, cramp up, or are sore to the touch it coul be DVT.
Red Streaks Along Your Veins.
If you notice red streaks on your skin that run the length of your veins, you should seek medical attention immediately.
Blood clots cause bruising but streaking is a sign of a more severe, life-threating concern.
These streaks will also make your skin feel warm to the touch, which is another sign to look out for.
Chest Pain and Heavy Breathing.
Chest pain should never be ignored, neither should heavy breathing.
If you experience both symptoms together you may be experiencing a blood clot in the lungs.
A clot in the lungs can quickly turn fatal, so should these symptoms arise seek medical attention immediately.