6 groups of symptoms to recognize blood clots in different parts of the body
Have you ever accidentally cut yourself with a kitchen knife or a knife? What prevents you from bleeding in these situations is the ability of your blood to clot, but clots can form in your body without an obvious wound and cause many problems if they clog one of your blood vessels or impede the flow of blood.
A blood clot can form in any blood vessel in your body, in both veins and arteries. A blood clot can affect almost any part of your body and causes different symptoms depending on the location. You need to know about the symptoms of a blood clot so you know when to seek urgent medical help.
1. A blood clot in the leg or arm.
If the clot develops in a deep vein in one of your legs, it is called deep vein thrombosis (DVT). It is more likely to develop during prolonged periods of immobility, such as when you are in bed or on a long flight. DVT can threaten your life if the clot breaks off and moves to the lungs or the heart.
Some symptoms of DVT are the following:
-The affected leg becomes inflamed, especially in the part where the clot formed.
-The affected leg becomes pinkish or bluish.
-The leg is sensitive and hot to the touch.
-Pain in the leg.
The severity of the symptoms depends on the size of the clot and its exact location on the leg or arm. DVT is an emergency, if you notice symptoms such as those mentioned, seek medical help as quickly as possible.
2. A blood clot in the abdomen.
Clots can develop in the veins that drain the blood from your intestines. You have a higher risk of developing a clot if you suffer from diverticulitis, pancreatitis, appendicitis, if you take contraceptives or if you are undergoing hormone therapy.
Some of the symptoms of a clot in the abdomen are:
-Nausea and vomiting.
– Abdominal pain, which gets worse after meals.
-Blood in the stools.
The same symptoms may indicate a problem other than a blood clot and, in any case, require a call or a visit to your doctor.
3. A blood clot in the kidneys.
A blood clot in the kidneys can prevent the organ from doing its job well, which can raise blood pressure and even lead to kidney failure.
A clot in the kidneys can manifest itself with the following symptoms:
– Pain on the sides of the stomach, on the legs, thighs or lower back.
-Blood in the urine.
-Nausea and vomiting.
-High blood pressure.
– Sudden and severe swelling in the legs.
Do not discard seek medical attention if you have these symptoms
4. A blood clot in the lungs.
If a blood clot blocks the flow of blood to the lungs, the disease is called pulmonary embolism (PE). PE can be fatal if not treated immediately and is usually the result of DVT, in which a blood clot that formed in the leg or pelvic area travels to the lungs and creates an obstruction.
PE usually manifests with the following symptoms:
– Sudden difficulty in breathing.
– Acceleration of the heart rate.
-A cough, possibly with blood.
5. A Blood clot in the heart.
A blood clot in the heart leads to a heart attack, and may produce the following symptoms:
– Pressure or pressure in the chest.
– Pain in the chest (contrary to what is believed, this symptom is not always present).
– Pain that extends to the neck, jaw, left shoulder and/or left arm.
-Increased in sweating.
If you have these symptoms, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
6. A blood clot in the brain.
The blood clot in the brain produces a stroke. The sooner the person suffering from the stroke receives medical attention, the greater their chances of survival and of maintaining normal brain function.
Symptoms of the stroke include the following:
-Drugging on one side of the body.
-Difficulty to see or talk.
-Difficulty walking or standing.
-Problems to think clearly.
-A headache (possibly, but not always present).
Knowing the symptoms of a blood clot in different parts of the body can help you recognize when it’s time to seek medical help if you or someone else develops a clot. Never delay in asking for medical attention if you have any of the symptoms previously described.