Blood clotting is typically a normal process that occurs in the body following any damage or injury to a blood vessel. In such cases, the body is perfectly capable of forming a mesh-like substance – known as a blood clot – to deal with the situation. The body forms and dissolves the clot on its own.Read more
A woman scheduled for a C-section has enough on her mind already, doesn’t she? A new baby, a new life, a new list of things to do. Does she also have to worry about an increased risk of blood clot development following a C-section?Read more
A definitive diagnosis of the presence of a blood clot can be performed at your doctor’s office or hospital setting. Depending on the suspected location of the blood clot and the type, a physician has a number of options at his or her disposal.Read more
Pulmonary embolism defines the sudden blockage of a pulmonary artery inside the lung by an embolus, typically from a blood clot that has an origin somewhere else in the body such as a deep vein thrombosis of the leg. When it comes to defining signs and symptoms of a pulmonary embolism, the distinction in terminology is important.Read more
Foods that Help Prevent Blood Clots
Blood clots form for a number of reasons: a surgical procedure, obesity, a medical condition, or an injury. Blood thinning and anticoagulation medications are commonly prescribed to prevent blood clots for individuals at risk.Read more
Aspirin is an over-the-counter product that’s been used for generations, not only to reduce pain and fever, but for other benefits as well. Does aspirin cause blood clots? No. That doesn’t mean that using it is without risks for some.
We’ve all felt it – that teeth-grinding muscle spasm in the arch of the foot, the back of the calf, or the back of the thigh (hamstrings). When do you know if that Charlie Horse is more than a muscle cramp? What if you get them often? How can you tell the difference between a Charlie Horse and a possible blot clot?Read more
In August of 2011 I was supposed to be packing for college. Leaving on a new adventure, getting my rite of passage. But, on move-in day, I was in an ambulance on my way to intensive care in one of my states largest and best hospitals instead.
I never knew the dangers of birth control. I simply walked into Planned Parenthood and said I needed some. (in no way do I blame them) It's too easy, we need to educate ourselves better.
Anyways, after I started taking birth control I developed blood clots in my legs. Then, unaware of what was brewing in my body, I went on an airplane for my vacation. By the time I got home my whole body was weakening. After two failed attempt at the ER, I finally was diagnosed with blood clots in my left leg, and lungs. I had two surgeries and spent a lot of time in intensive care.
Educating yourself about blood clots is the best thing you can do. I might be a little over educated now, and a little over paranoid, but I would rather be safe than sorry.
I'll probably be on lovenox for the rest of my life, but I would rather inject myself twice a day than not have days to live!
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1 person every minute is diagnosed with a blood clot.1 person every six minutes will die from a blood clot.
Upwards of 300,000 Americans die each year from a blood clot.Upwards of 2 million Americans are affected by blood clots each year.
Blood clots affect men, women, and children of all ages.
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No one is immune from developing a blood clot, including active and healthy athletes.
Risk factors for athletes:
* Traveling long distances to participate in competitions. Sitting on a plane, car, or bus for more than four hours increases your risk of developing a blood clot.
When athletes perform they sweat and can become dehydrated during strenuous activity. Dehydration increases blood's thickness, making it easier for blood clots to form.
Athletes can break bones or suffer injuries. Wearing a cast or brace that is needed to stabilize the injury can result in immobility, which can lead to a higher risk of blood clots.
* Bone fracture or surgery
* Lower heart rate
Athletes who exercise and train heavily can have a lower than average heart rate and blood pressure. A lower heart rate and blood pressure may increase the risk for formation of a blood clot.
* Birth control and hormone replacement therapy increases the risk of DVT.
Preventing Blood Clots & DVT in Athletes:
* When traveling long distances, stop every couple of hours and walk around. It is important to stay mobile.
* Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
* Know your family medical history and learn the signs and symptoms of DVT and PE.
* Ask your doctor if you are someone who can take a daily aspirin. Aspirin works as a blood thinner.
The American Blood Clot Association began and took life when a much loved and very special lady lost her life unnecessarily to a blood clot.
Margaret "Margie" Cooper, a wife, mother, and grandmother was a very young vibrant 63 year old. One evening about dinner time she complained that she didn't feel well and was short of breath and her chest and back was starting to hurt. She was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where she passed away a few hours later from what was described as a massive pulmonary embolism(a blood clot in the lungs). Margie, a few weeks prior to her passing, had fallen and X-rays had shown a slight crack in her knee cap. A blood clot developed and traveled to her lungs, which sadly ended her life. Margie is the inspiration behind the American Blood Clot Association, and because of her, we hope to save thousands of lives. Remember, blood clots kill....know the signs...know the symptoms.