Understanding Blood Clot Symptoms

The human body is a complex mechanism. How many of us can confidently say, ‘I understand my body?’ Not many for sure. This unique and amazing body of ours undertakes a complex process of Coagulation where the blood forms clots. This process is necessary for hemostasis or the termination of blood loss from a damaged blood vessel. Here the wall of the injured vessel is covered by a clot that contains platelet and fibrin. These two components help to stop bleeding and also repair the vessel that is damaged.

Blood clots however though extremely important can also be a cause of concern when they appear in the form of disorders. Hemorrhage refers to increased risk of excessive bleeding and Thrombosis refers to obstructive clotting. Both these disorders can lead to a casualty if not treated on time. Therefore reading, analyzing and treating blood clot symptoms is extremely crucial as it can help save a person’s live. Blood clots become a major concern when they form unsuitably.

The blood clots or thrombi can dissolve, grow, recannulate or embolize. They can form in the heart, veins, and arteries among other places in the body. So blood clot symptoms would depend upon their location. Very often it so happens that the clot or thrombi may not have any symptoms till it embolizes and lodges in small blood vessels that are scattered at different places within the body itself. The blood clot tends to stop the supply of blood to the affected tissue, vessel or organ.

When arterial fibrillation takes place there are no symptoms until the clot embolizes. If the embolizement takes place in an artery connected to the brain, a stroke will be the symptom. In the leg or arm, the blood clot acts as a block or a dam which makes the blood return to the heart causing vein inflammation or thrombophebitis. There are certain common symptoms that we can read such as redness or discoloration, swelling, pain and warmth which should raise the alarm bells.

Blood clot symptoms can also be read when we get pain in the abdomen and have bloody bowel movements. This is a sign of a clot in the artery that supplies blood to the bowel. The DVP or deep venous thrombosis is a huge concern and potentially life threatening complication which takes place when the blood clot dethatches and travels all the way to the lungs. This causes a condition known as pulmonary embolism. The symptoms to look out for here are shortness of breath and chest pain.

The blood clot symptoms in the artery would depend upon the loss of blood in a given organ. The signals connected with a heart attack may be seen if the clot is situated in a coronary artery. The symptoms of a stroke can be felt if the clot leads to a cerebral artery occlusion.

Blood clot symptoms can be read and analyzed by studying a person’s medical history. Tests such as venography, ultrasound, imaging and blood tests are performed to diagnose venous blood clots. Arteriography is performed to check for blood clots in the artery. Take a regular check up with your physician and read the sign before it’s too late.

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