10 blood clot warning signs you can’t ignore

Even if you don’t have any risk factors for blood clots, you can still develop one, which is one of the reasons it’s important to know the warning signs.

Blood clots affect everyone differently, but usually there are certain symptoms, says vascular doctor Michael Tran. To help unravel the mystery of blood clots, Dr. Tran shares the six most common symptoms of blood clots.

What is a blood clot?
A blood clot is partially hardened blood in a blood vessel. Blood vessels are your body’s highway system. They give blood a path from your heart to the rest of your body. There are three types of blood vessels:

Arteries that carry blood away from the heart.
Veins that return blood to the heart.
Capillaries connect your arteries and veins.
Blood clots can occur anywhere in your body’s 60,000 miles of blood vessels, but most commonly occur in the veins (venous blood clots). The most common forms of venous thrombosis are:

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT usually occurs in the legs in the deep veins of the body. Thrombosis is when clots remain and block blood flow.
Pulmonary embolism (PE). If a DVT breaks off and travels to your lungs, it can cause a pulmonary embolism. An embolism is when a blood clot breaks loose and travels to other parts of the body.
Fortunately, arterial thickening is rare. They occur when a blood clot blocks an artery. “They’re a completely different beast,” Dr. Tran said. “The group blocks oxygen from reaching the heart and brain, causing heart attacks and strokes.”

What are the symptoms of a blood clot?
It is difficult to identify the first signs of blood clots. “Each person has different symptoms, and they can range from none to severe,” notes Dr. Tran. “But there are common signs and symptoms of blood clots.”

Here are six of them.

Symptoms of DVT
DVT can occur in your legs or arms. The most common symptoms of a blood clot in your leg include:

Cancer
Most people have swollen feet, especially at the end of the day. “It’s not the swelling we’re worried about,” Dr. Tran said. Instead, watch for tumors:

Occurs suddenly or more abruptly than usual.
Stays all day.
Does not improve with leg elevation.
Leg pain
New leg pain, such as calf or charley horses, can be a sign of a blood clot in the leg. But if the pain lasts for a few seconds and doesn’t come back, it’s probably not a blood clot.

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