Blood clots are one of the most potentially deadly phenomena that can form undetected inside your body. Having some essential background knowledge can help you prevent or identify them early and ultimately may help save your life or someone else’s, so let’s dive in:
1. What Is a Blood Clot? What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Blood clots form in your body over a long period of time when blood thickens in a manner that causes it to glob together and build into a large, semisolid mass, known as a clot.
The clot can grow larger over time, usually staying at the point of origination—often the legs.
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4. What Causes Blood Clots?
It is difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of a specific clot, but there are risk factors that dramatically increase your likelihood of having one:
Chronic Health Conditions, especially Diabetes and Vascular Health Diseases
Occupations and activities that require you to stand in one position or sit for extended periods
Certain long-term medications, especially birth control pills
Long-term lack of physical activity and aerobic exercise
These are the common signs you likely have a blood clot in your leg, which is the most common place they form. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important you see a physician immediately:
Extended pain or discomfort in the leg
Cramp-like feeling that won’t go away
Unexplained reddish/blue-ish discoloration of the skin
Leg may feel unusually warm or hot when you touch it
6. How To Help
The best way to help is to spread awareness. Share this article with others, especially those you know who may be at risk. Continue to educate yourself on blood clots and DVT so you can be a better advocate for your own health and wellness as well as the betterment of others and the world around you!