Taking Blood Clots Seriously

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Courtesy of UrbanHospital.org

Know the Signs of Blood Clots Before They Become Medical Emergencies

Blood clots, also known as deep vein thrombosis, are serious business. They can lead to a pulmonary embolism which is a medical emergency that results in death in about one of every three people diagnosed. It is important to know the signs and get treated right away.

Blood clots usually occur in people who can’t move around well or who have had recent surgery or an injury. You may also get a blood clot if you:

  • Have had recent surgery.
  • Are 65 or older.
  • Take hormones, especially for birth control. (Ask your doctor about this).
  • Have had cancer or are being treated for it.
  • Are obese.
  • Are confined to bed or a chair much of the time.
  • Have had a stroke or are paralyzed.
  • Have varicose (VAR­e­kos) or bad veins.
  • Have heart trouble.
  • Have taken a long trip (more than an hour) in a car, airplane, bus,
    or train.

Symptoms and Signs of a Blood Clot

You may have a blood clot if you see or feel:

  • New swelling in your arm or leg.
  • Soreness or pain in your arm or leg.
  • A warm spot on your leg

Blood Clots Affecting the Lungs

A blood clot may have gone to your lungs if you suddenly have:

  • A hard time breathing.
  • Chest pain.
  • A fast heartbeat.
  • Fainting spells.
  • A mild fever.
  • A cough, with or without blood.

Our pulmonary specialists at Amarillo Diagnostic Clinic specialize in treating patients with lung and respiratory disorders. We use ventilation/perfusion nuclear lung scanning, CT, and other tests to evaluate pulmonary diseases.

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