Today, I will continue talking about blood clots by talking about symptoms of a blood clot.
For Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), symptoms will include swelling, usually in one leg/arm, leg pain or tenderness (similar to a cramp or Charley horse), reddish or bluish skin discoloration, and leg/arm warm to touch.
If a DVT clot breaks apart, sometimes parts of it can go to the heart or lungs, causing a very serious situation known as Pulmonary Embolism (PE). Symptoms of this “silent killer” include sudden shortness of breath; sharp, stabbing chest pain which can get worse with deep breathing; a rapid heart rate; and unexplained cough, sometimes with bloody mucus.
Do not wait until you see all these symptoms to visit the doctor, because it could be too late. As soon as you begin to notice any of these symptoms, seek medical attention. If it is a clot, seeking attention could save your life. If it is something else, you will still feel better having had it checked and treated.