They should not be ignored.
Almost every day platelets save our lives. When we ranima, they do not give all of our blood flow from small wounds.
Platelets stick together and block the wounds, scratches and abrasions. But sometimes blood clots occur where they are not necessary. It can be very dangerous, especially if they are formed in the deep veins near the muscles.
This type of blood clot called deep vein thrombus. They hamper blood circulation. Even worse, when the clot is separated from the place of his education and with blood are transferred, for example, in the lungs. This is a dangerous condition called pulmonary embolism.
A blood clot in the lungs prevents them from getting enough oxygen. This condition often ends with a fatal outcome. It is therefore very important to know the symptoms and act quickly.
In some people there is an increased risk of blood clots. This is affected by:
A sedentary lifestyle
This may be associated with a disease, requiring prolonged bed rest, sedentary work or long journeys/flights. According to international statistics, every hour at various airports around the world thus goes the life of one person.
Women are 5-6 times more likely to earn thrombosis. This is due to the production of the female hormone estrogen. Especially the risk increases if pregnant or use hormonal contraceptives.
Overweight and obesity increase the risk of thrombosis up to 5 times!
Blood clots tend to occur in the extremities. Early diagnosis of thrombosis can save lives! Here’s what to look out for:
1. Swelling of one limb
Puffy leg or arm is one of the most common symptoms of deep venous thrombosis. Blood clots block blood flow, and dilate blood vessels, causing swelling.
Of course, the limb may swell due to temporary immobility, for example during long flights in an airplane or drive in the bus. But if the swelling increases rapidly and is accompanied by pain, it can be a very dangerous symptom.
2. Pain in the arm or leg
Usually the pain that accompanies deep venous thrombus is combined with other symptoms, such as swelling or redness, but sometimes it can present itself.
Unfortunately, the pain caused by a blood clot, often confused with muscle pain or spasm. That’s why blood clots are so dangerous. Thrombosed pain often occurs when walking or when lifting the limbs.
3. Red streaks on the skin
We all know that a bruise is a subcutaneous blood clot. But I’m worried about something else: when you see the discoloration of the skin, like a vast light bruise or a red stripe in the length of his veins. Often you can feel what the limb feels hot.
4. Chest pain
Chest pain, which is often mistaken for heart attack can be a symptom of pulmonary embolism. The symptoms are really very similar, with the difference that in pulmonary embolism the pain is sharp and piercing; it increases when you take a deep breath.
During a heart attack the pain goes to the shoulders, neck and jaw. In any case, the presence of these symptoms should immediately call an ambulance.
5. Shortness of breath and palpitations
A blood clot in the lungs slows the flow of oxygen in the body, so the heart tries to make up for his lack and starts to beat faster. If you suddenly felt dizzy, lack of oxygen and rapid heartbeat – you need urgent help.
6. Causeless cough
If all the symptoms is coughing, it could be a symptom of pulmonary embolism. Dry cough, sometimes with blood, should cause you serious concern!
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