How Can You Know You Have Blood Clot?
You must immediately call your doctor in case you feel that you have got blood clot. Any professional doctor will first have a look at your various symptoms and also your past medical history and then let you know about the steps need to be taken from there.
Deep vein thrombosis which is also called DVT occurs when clot formation takes place in one of major veins inside your body. Most commonly it appears in one of the legs but may also happen in the arms, lungs, pelvis, and also in your brain.
Without any proper medical guidance, it is very difficult to know about the blood clot however by knowing few most common symptoms you can decide when you must seek any expert opinion.
Sometime such blood clot may have no obvious symptoms or some of the symptoms can be same like few other diseases.
Following are few early signs to show the presence of blood clots around your arm or leg, abdomen, heart, lungs and brain.
Blood clot in leg or arm
Legs and the arms are the most common place where generally blood clot may occur. Presence of blood clot in such places may have various symptoms, that includes:
- Reddish discoloration
- A warm sensation
Based on the clot size, the symptoms will also change accordingly hence you may not show any symptoms, or sometimes have only minor calf swelling but not so much of pain. In case you have large clot then your entire leg may get swollen with pain.
Blood clot in your heart
If you have blood clot in heart then you may have heart attack. Usually heart may be less common location to have blood clot, but possibility is there. Your chest to heart may have heavy sensation and there may be shortness of breath.
Blood clot in your abdomen
If there is severe abdominal pain with swelling then it is a symptom of blood clot present somewhere in the abdomen.
Blood clot in your lungs
Following are the symptoms of blood clots in your lungs:
- Sudden shortness of your breath which is not caused by exercise
- Palpitations/rapid heart rate
- Chest pain
- Coughing up blood
- Breathing problems
Blood clot in brain
If there is blood clot in brain then it will be called as stroke. Blood clot in brain may cause sudden headache which will be severe, along with few other symptoms, including difficulties in speaking or seeing.