Our blood is meant to clot over wounds for healing purposes, but if blood clotting happens inside one’s veins causing venous
throboembolism (VTE), the results can be fatal. VTE is the cause of death of about 300,000 individuals annually in USA; hence, it cannot be taken lightly. Increase you knowledge about blood clots by going through the following facts:
4. Blood Clot Triggers
Obesity, drinking alcohol, smoking, confinement to bed for a while, and being over sixty are all factors that put you in the risk of blood clotting. A family or personal history of having blood clots also makes you prone. Two of the less known causes of blood clot are pregnancy and contraceptive pills. Orthopedic and cancer surgeries have are the surgeries with the highest risk of VTE.
3. Insist on Having a Blood Clot Assessment
If you are entering a hospital to have a surgery or get hospitalized and have a risk factor of the above, ask for a blood clot risk assessment known as risk stratification for blood clots. This will help your physician decide what to do to prevent blood clots before happening.
2. Subtle Symptoms
Blood clots happen with no obvious symptoms, but when they happen in veins or lungs, they can have some symptoms. Symptoms of deep vein thrombosis include enlargement of the veins and swelling in a leg or arm; and pain in the leg when walking or standing. Symptoms of pulmonary embolism include lightheadedness, sudden shortness of breath, excessive sweating, cough with or without bloody sputum and back pain.
1. Blood Clots are Preventable
Blood clots can be prevented with the help of anticoagulants with a dosage and a duration specified by your doctor. A lot of blood clot cases happen because the patients exits the hospital too soon or refuses to have the blood thinner injections for the specified duration.