Blood has a seemingly impossible job: it continuously and smoothly must flow throughout the body throughout life, but it also has to ‘turn off’ ‘in order to prevent blood loss when there is a injury.

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 Blood Clots And Its Symptoms

Thrombus can form when blood does not flow properly. If the blood accumulates in the blood vessels or the heart (in the form of pools of blood), platelets are more likely to stick together. Atrial fibrillation and deep vein thrombosis are two conditions in which the slow movement of blood can cause problems with blood clotting.

Blood clots are healthy and save lives when there is a need to stop bleeding. But, they also can be formed when not needed and cause heart attack, stroke or other serious health problems.

The formation of thrombus depends on its location in the body. In some cases the thrombus does not produce any symptoms until it bursts, becomes dislocated or starts moving through the bloodstream to other places.

Here’s how to recognize the symptoms of thrombus:

  • Swelling in the affected area
  • Heat sensation in the affected area
  • Redness in the affected area
  • Pain in the affected area
  • Unexplained cough
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Chest pain with deep breathing
  • Shivering, dizziness, or rapid heart beating

The most common place where thrombus develops is the legs. Thrombus in the leg may cause pain or swelling, but you need to know that it does not always occur with symptoms, so often the patient does not even know that there is a clot in his leg!

Thrombus in the leg is a very serious condition, because the thrombus can travel through the bloodstream and reach the lungs, block blood flow and can cause a serious condition known as pulmonary embolism.

To prevent formation of blood clots in your legs you should eat healthy food, and do exercises .Take a stroll, ride a bike or start jogging or running and most importantly give up smoking.

Reference: Blood clots
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