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Blood Clots: Signs and Symptoms

Thrombosis, also known as blood clots, can affect almost anyone. They don't descriminate based on age, gender, or race. Knowing the different risk factors and signs of a blood clot could save your life or that of a loved one.

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Discomfort, heaviness, pain, aching, throbbing, itching, or warmth in the legs
  • Skin changes in the leg such as discoloration, thickening, or ulceration
  • Swelling of the legs, ankles, or feet
  • Sudden shortness of breath, chest pain, rapid heart rate (signs of a clot in the lungs)
  • Drooping or numbness of the face, weakness or numbess of other parts of the body, especially if one-sided, slurred speech (signs of stroke)

Know your risk factors:

High Risk:

  • Major trauma, such as an automobile accident, fall, or head injury
  • Surgery, especially knee or hip replacement
  • Hospitalization or nursing home living
  • Leg paralysis

Moderate Risk:

  • Travel 4+ hours (via plane, automobile, train)
  • Active cancer/chemotherapy
  • Elevated estrogen levels due to oralontraceptives, pregnancy, or hormonereplacement therapy
  • Age 65+
  • Obesity
  • Genetic or acquired clotting disorder
  • Prior clot or family history of clot

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