In most cases, blood clots are good. When you’re injured, you need your blood to clump and solidify at the injury site to stop the bleeding. But when blood solidifies where a clot isn’t needed, it can be dangerous and require a blood clot test.
This is especially true when clots form near muscles in the deep veins. In these cases, they are painful and dangerous
Doctors refer to this type of clot as a Deep Vein Thrombosis (or DVT).
A DVT is a “roadblock” within the flow of your blood.
The problem gets more serious if the DVT breaks away and gets into your lungs. It then becomes a Pulmonary Embolism (PE) and can do serious damage or even cause death.
Knowing that, let’s take a close look at some symptoms you might be experiencing that could indicate a problem.
If you can relate to these, it’s time for a blood clot test.
Blood clots can cause mild to low-grade fevers when they enter the bloodstream.
If you notice that you’re feeling feverish but aren’t otherwise ill, it could be a sign of a blood clot.
You could even pass out, feel extremely light headed even faint unexpectedly. If these symptoms come on without warning, get help immediately.
3.) Skin Redness
We’ve all had bruises. These are a type of blood clot. But bruises aren’t the kind you need to worry about.
When you have a DVT, it won’t look like a bruise.
You could potentially see some discoloration. But in most cases, you’ll see a red color on your skin. It’ll also make your leg or arm feel warm when you touch it.
4.) Extreme Fatigue
If you notice that you feel extremely tired in an instant for no apparent reason, it could be a tell-tale sign of a blood clot.
This fatigue will occur even if you’re getting plenty of rest.
5.) Pain in the Chest
When someone has chest pain, the first thing they normally think is a heart attack. However, it could be PE.
Heart attacks and PE share very similar symptoms. The difference is that PE pain will be like a stabbing, sharp pain. It’ll feel even worse when you breathe in deeply.
Pain from a heart attack typically radiates from the neck, jaw and shoulders.
Either way, it’s time to call 911 and find out what’s going on.
6.) Constant Coughing
If you can’t stop coughing and you’re also experiencing a fast heart rate, shortness of breath or pain in your chest, it might be PE.
Most of the time it will be a dry cough, but some people cough up blood or mucus.
In either case, head straight to the emergency room.
7.) Unexplained Swollen Limb
A common sign of DVT is a puffy arm or leg that you can’t explain. A clot blocks the blood flow and can cause blood to pool in one area behind the clot.
This can happen to anyone, regardless of their fitness level.
Be especially concerned if a bloated limb comes on quickly, especially if it’s tender and painful.
8. Racing Heart or Shortness of Breath
A clot in your lung will slow your oxygen (O2) flow. When O2 flow is low, your heart will attempt to make up for the shortage.
If you feel a strange flutter in your chest or experience problems taking a deep breath, you might have a PE taking hold in your lung.
A Blood Clot Test Can Save Your Life
If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms, it’s time to contact your doctor immediately for a blood clot test. Don’t ignore these signs — a blood clot can be fatal.
If you do have a clot, your condition is only going to worsen. If you don’t currently have an issue, now you’ll know what to look for in the future.
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