Early warning signs of blood clots
A blood clot is basically a clump of blood that has transformed from a liquid state to a gel-like or semisolid state. This clotting is essential in certain instances, for instance when you get injured or cut and helps prevent you from losing too much blood. However, if a clot gets formed inside one of your veins, this will not dissolve on its own. It may even lead to critical and even life-threatening situations. Blood clots do not always have warning signs but sometimes there are signs you need to be aware of and heed.
Deep vein thrombosis
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is the term given to a clot that gets formed in one of the major veins which lies deep in the body. This usually occurs in one of the legs, but may also happen in the arms, pelvis, lungs, or even brain. Symptoms include swelling, redness, pain, leg pain that gets worse while bending the foot, leg cramps, warmth to the touch and discoloration of skin.
Blood clot in the arm or leg
When you have a blood clot in your arm or leg, it may manifest as swelling, pain, a warm sensation, tenderness and reddish discoloration. The symptoms may differ depending on the size of the clot, sometimes there may be no symptoms. A small clot may cause a minor calf swelling and lot of pain while a large one can make the whole leg swell up.
Blood clot in the heart
A blood clot in the heart is the cause for a heart attack. The symptoms could be heaviness in the chest, lightheadedness, a hurting chest and shortness of breath.
Blood clot in the brain
When you have a blood clot in the brain, this is called a stroke and early symptoms include sudden and severe headache or sudden difficulty while speaking or seeing.
Blood clot in the lungs
This phenomenon is known as pulmonary embolism (PE) and symptoms of this are a sudden shortness of breath which is not because of exercise, palpitations, chest pain, breathing problems and coughing up blood.