A Blood clot is a gel-like or semisolid state. It collected blood forms in the veins. It prevents the blood flow in arteries. (1)
Blood clotting is crucial because it can prevent losing blood when you get injured. When a blood clot forms, it does not dissolve on its own. It is a severe and dangerous case that can lead to death.
There is no actual risk of an immobile clot, but if it moves through a vein to the heart or lung, the condition becomes severe and needs treatment as quickly as possible to survive. (2)
Blood clots form in the veins. It prevents the blood flow in arteries.
What are the types of blood clots?
There are four types of blood clots. They may cause severe consequences, including:
1- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
it is blood clots in the arm and legs, its symptoms
- Redness of skin
- Skin warm
- pain and exhaustion
- Swelling (2)
2- Pulmonary Embolism (PE)
it is blood clots in the lung, its symptoms:
- Heavy breathing
- coughing up blood
- A heart arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
- Severe chest pain (2)
3- Heart attack
it is blood clots in the heart, its symptoms:
- Heavy breathing
- chest pain
- left arm pain
- jaw pain (2)
Worth to mention: In women, they may feel abdominal pain, nausea, and puking.
it is blood clots in the brain, its symptoms:
- Difficulty speaking
- Weakness of arms and legs
- one-sided facial droop
- Double vision
- Trouble walking
- Numbness of face. (2)
There are four types of blood clots, including DVT, PE, Heart attack, and stroke.
Symptoms of Blood clots:
The common symptoms of blood clots include:
- Reddish discoloration
- A warm sensation
- severe abdominal pain
- Vomiting (2. 3. 4)
Causes of Blood clots:
The human body reacts to a cut by clotting the blood.
These types of clots are not harmful or dangerous. Sometimes a blood clot forms without injury or cut.
It is more likely to occur with certain risk factors, which include:
- A family history of blood clots
- Prolonged bed rest
- Birth control pills
- Prolonged sitting
- Certain types of cancer (pancreatic, lung, Leukaemia)
- Age (especially over the age of 60)
- Diseases related to chronic inflammation
- Hepatitis C (5)
The human body reacts to a cut by clotting the blood. These types of clots are not harmful or dangerous. Sometimes a blood clot forms without injury or cut.
Are children susceptible to blood clots?
There are 1 in 10.000 children diagnosed with blood clots. There are some causes of blood clots in children are:
- Reduced blood flow
- Inherited conditions
- Certain medications
- Damage to veins from catheters
- Abnormal blood vessel structure or formation (2)
When MUST you call the physician about a blood clot?
If you feel shortness of breath, severe chest pain, and numbness, it is necessary to contact the nearest doctor as soon as possible.
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