Blood Clots

Blood clots are actually the body’s way to stop bleeding. The blood is changed from a liquid into a gel-like or semisolid state. If an individual is injured the platelets will produce chemicals that will form into a gel-like mass to prevent bleeding. However, when the clotting occurs inappropriately inside an artery and vein, blood flow is impeded which results in certain medical conditions. Furthermore, an immobile blood clot is less likely to cause any problems but when it breaks free and travels to certain parts of the body, such as the heart and the lungs, it can become a serious medical condition. In fact, it is considered a serious medical emergency.

The blood clot will form inside one of the veins and will not dissolve on its own. This can be dangerous and can be often fatal. If a clot forms in one of the major veins inside the body, it is called deep vein thrombosis or DVT. Although blood clot commonly forms in the lower legs, it can also occur in the arms, pelvis, lungs an even the brain.

Symptoms

When the blood clot forms in the lower legs, the following symptoms may be experienced:

  • Pain and swelling
  • Tenderness
  • There is warm sensation
  • Bluish discoloration

Since the symptoms will depend on the size of the blood clot, some individuals may experience two or more the symptoms listed above, while others don’t.

Risk Factors

There are several factors that can increase the chances of an individual to form blood clots. These are:

  • Age – the older you get the higher the chances of blood clot formation
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • Hereditary
  • Cancer
  • Some birth control pills
  • Bed rest for long periods of time

 

If you experience any of the below symptoms, it is important that you call your local emergency services right away. These are:

  • Sudden onset of shortness of breath
  • Pressure on the chest
  • Difficulty in breathing, seeing or speaking

 

To know more about blood clots and its treatment, visit:

https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-tell-if-you-have-a-blood-clot#overview1

https://www.stoptheclot.org/learn_more/blood_clot_symptoms__dvt.htm

https://www.medicinenet.com/blood_clots/article.htm

 

Blood clots can really affect a person’s ability to work, even function normally on a daily basis. If you believe you are suffering from this disorder you may be eligible for Social Security benefits. See if your condition will qualify for the health benefits by checking this site.

secure.ssa.gov/apps10/poms.nsf/lnx/0423022595