Blood clots, a villainous term

Blood clots  in the large deep veins can be deadly.  Avoid triggers and watch for symptoms  to decrease your chance of getting them.  Here are some tips. . .

Suspicious symptoms for venous thromboembolism  (VTE) are swelling in the leg with pain and redness.  It is especially dangerous if a part of the blood clot in the leg breaks free and travels to the lung.  A large blood clot to your lung can be fatal.  This is called a pulmonary embolism.

Coughing up  bloody sputum may be a sign of (non-fatal) pulmonary emboli.  But, sometimes there is no difficulty breathing or warning  before a big blood clot goes to the lung and the patient falls over dead.  Scary, huh?

Let’s prevent VTE.

    • Quit nicotine.  It damages  blood vessels and increases your risk of forming a blood clot.
    • Walk every 2 hours.  Contract your calf muscles by pointing your toes to the ceiling and then the floor.  This will mobilize blood in the calf blood vessels so that it won’t make a clot.
    • Beware.  When sedentary, like after surgery or a long car trip, blood can pool and make a clot.
    • Tell your doctor if you have a history of a blood clot as you may have a blood disorder that makes it easier to make clots.  Blood tests may be ordered.  In this case, medicines like hormones and birth control pills may be avoided as these can increase your blood clot risk further.

 

      Want more information?  Try

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/deepveinthrombosis.html

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About drlesliegreenberg

I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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