Blood Clot In Leg Overview
What’s are Clots?
Clots are clumps of proteins and other cells in your blood that are bound together. A clot’s purpose is to help slow the bleeding when you become injured. Clots typically dissolve as the wound heals. If for some reason it does not or if one forms when there is no injury, it can either partially or completely block a blood vessel.
Medical Conditions Caused by Clots
When clots form unexpectedly, they can lead to serious health condition and even death. If a clots reaches an artery, it can cause a stroke or a heart attack. In a vein, you will notice pain and swelling. Clots that form deep inside your body are called a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). If a DVT clot moves to your lungs is called a pulmonary embolism (PE). All of these should be treated as medical emergencies.
What puts me at risk?
A blood clot can form if you break a bone or badly pull a muscle. Injuries to a blood vessel will trigger a chemical messenger that calls for the formation of a clot to help heal the injured area. You might not always know when you get a clot. Sometimes they can form without your knowledge. They can be caused by trauma like slipping on ice and falling or being in a car accident. Other injuries are less obvious; like a strain, twisted ankle, or even a bruise. Because of this you may not know why a blood clot has formed or you might not even know that you have one. However, there are clues. You are at a higher risk of developing a clot if you:
- recently had surgery,
- are immobilized or on bed rest,
- are pregnant,
- take an international flight (due to the extended period of sitting),
- are in a wheelchair,
- are obese or overweight,
- suffer from high cholesterol or diabetes or
- are 60 or older.
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