In order for your body to heal itself properly, it must be able to form blood clots when necessary. However, when blood clots form deep in the veins with no specific purpose, they have the potential to cause painful and even life threatening results. The formation of these uncalled for blood clots is referred to as venous thrombosis ordeep vein thrombosis(DVT), which can lead to a pulmonary embolism in the lungs if left untreated.
Unfortunately, these conditions affect a minimum of 900,000 Americans each year, and have fatal consequences for more than 100,000 of them. Interestingly enough, the leading cause of these fatalities is the lack of understanding and acknowledgement when it comes to the symptoms to look out for.
Common Signs of DVT
- Unexplained tenderness or pain that worsens over time
- Areas, especially on the legs, that are swollen, red and warm to the touch
Common Signs of a Pulmonary Embolism
- Racing or irregular heartbeat
- Chest pain that is worsened by deep breathing or coughing
- Sudden periods of difficulty breathing or coughing up blood
- Low blood pressure and feeling faint, dizzy or lightheaded
Both DVT and pulmonary embolisms are very serious venous conditions that should be brought to the attention of a physician and vascular specialist as soon as possible. Whether you’ve dealt with these issues before, or have been lucky enough to avert them, staying active and hydrated is always the best way to prevent future clotting disorders from occurring. Make sure to avoid crossing your legs and sitting for long periods of time, giving yourself a much needed stretch every hour or so.