8 signs you may have a blood clot

Check if you or a loved one are at risk of blood clots:
1. Swelling in one limb. Commonly known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). It prevents blood flow in the circulation system. When DVT occurs, oxygen is unable to reach your vital organs, explains Prevention.
2. Leg pain or tenderness. The National Blood Clot Alliance reports that pain or tenderness in the leg is another common symptom of DVT. A cramp or charley horse is what sometimes referred to this pain.
3. Red streaks on your skin. If you see red streaks running along the length of your veins, seek medical attention. Blood clots cause bruising, but streaking is a sign of a more severe, life-threating concern.These red streaks often make the limb feel warm to the touch, Prevention says.
4. Chest pain with deep breathing. The National Blood Clot Alliance says that you may be experiencing a blood clot in the lungs if you experience these two symptoms together. When this happens, you get what's called pulmonary embolism (PE). If you have any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention for the sake of keeping you out of the danger zone.
5. Shortness of breath. Prevention points out that you may have a blood clot or PE in the lungs if you have trouble taking deep breaths. In the same line, You may also experience a fluttering in the chest, a racing heart or dizziness. Get medical help right away if you notice any of these symptoms.
6. Unexplained cough. Prevention recommends that you should pay attention to your heart rate, chest and breath if you're coughing for no reason. Drop what you’re doing and seek medical  attention immediately if you have an unexplained cough with any of the above symptoms.
Contact your doctor, go to hospital or call an ambulance or 911 as soon as you can if you have any of these symptoms, because you may need treatment right away. A blood clot can be lethal. Don’t take the risk.
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