How Can You Spot a Blood Clot?

The warning not to remain stationary for too long a time is one that is often heard on long-haul flights, usually those that last for more than four hours. This is due to the very real possibility of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), which is one of the more serious consequences of blood clots. Some situations involving DVT can involve the amputation of the affected area or pulmonary embolism, according to the information stated on the website of the lawyers with Habush, Habush, and Rottier.

Needless enough to say, blood clots should be avoided at all costs. But say that you think you have a blood clot, how can you tell?

Well, first of all, you need to assess if you are higher on the risk scale for blood clots. If you are pregnant (or within the six months of post-natal care), obese, a smoker, with cancer, or diabetic – then you are more likely to experience blood clots than the average person. Some people are also more at risk for blood clots if they have recently recovered from a traumatic physical injury that has required the use of surgical preventative measures such as IVC filters. These are devices implanted into the inferior vena cava in order to catch blood clots before they do any further damage but there are some cases wherein select filters have been found to have malfunctioned due to negligence.

It would then be more advisable for people who are higher at risk to consider physical exercise (even just simple walking for a few minutes) in order to stimulate blood flow.

You can tell that you may have a blood clot with the following symptoms: the skin around the affected area has become somewhat bluish in color or that the affected area is noticeably swollen and sore. If the clot occurs within the brain, some symptoms that may occur are sudden inability to speak, lapses in vision, and even seizures. If you believe you have a blood clot, it is recommended that medical action is taken immediately in order to prevent further damage.