8 signs you may have a blood clot



Blood clot. These two words can be terribly scary.

We have all seen a blood clot in the form of a scab and bruise. But sometimes the blood clots when it isn't supposed to. When this happens, you can suffer from serious medical problems such as stroke or heart attack.


Here's how to tell if you or a loved one has a dangerous blood clot:

1. Swelling in a limb. This is a symptom of a type of blood clot called deep vein thrombosis (DVT) which prevents blood from flowing through the circulatory system. DVT is particularly dangerous because it blocks oxygen from reaching vital organs, says Prevention.


2. Pain .  the National Blood Clot Alliance. This pain is sometimes described as a cramp or a horse charley.

3. Red streaks on your skin. Remember that a bruise is a form of blood clot. But if you see red streaks running the length of your veins, know that this isn't a normal bruise. Seeking immediate medical attention. Preventiion says that these red streaks often making limb warmed to touch.


4. Chest pain also deep breathing. If you experience these symptoms together, the National Blood Clot Alliance says you might have a blood clot in your lungs, known as pulmonary embolism (PE). If you have any of these symptoms, see a doctor straight away as this blood clot can quickly become fatal.


5. Shortness of breath. If you have trouble breathing deeply, you may have a blood clot or PE in your lungs, says Prevention. You may also feel a pounding in the chest, a pounding heart, or dizziness. Each of these symptoms requires immediate medical attention.


6. Unexplained cough. If you cough for no reason, Prevention says to pay attention to your heart rate, chest, and breathing. If you have an unexplained cough with any of the symptoms above, call your doctor.

If you think you or a loved one has a blood clot, see a doctor straight away. Call your doctor or 911 or go to the hospital. A blood clot can be fatal. Don't take the risk.