Am I at Risk for a Blood Clot?

9 Hidden Dangers of Blot Clots
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Did you know that after a serious injury or hospitalization, the risk of a life-threatening blood clot is hugely increased? Probably not -- chances are, you don't think much about blood clots at all. (Except when you have a cut and want it to heal, of course.)

Unfortunately, when a clot forms in your legs, feet, groin, or a major vein, a condition known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), it can take almost no time for it to travel to your lungs, cutting off your breathing. This is known as a pulmonary embolism, and it is potentially fatal. In fact, hospital admissions -- and deaths -- from blood clots are much more common than most of us realize.

While statistics vary according to the type of data used, one study cited by the National Blood Clot Alliance (StoptheClot.org) found that more than 2 million people have a serious blood clot emergency each year. Deaths from blood clots may top 100,000 a year, which would make blood clots the third-highest cause of death following heart disease and cancer. Needless to say, it's important to know when your risk of a blood clot is highest, and the signs to be on the lookout for.

Here are 9 reasons you might be in greater-than-average danger of suffering a blood clot emergency, and ways to reduce that risk.


11 months ago, said...

The headline says 9 "signs" of blood clots. The subheadline says 9 "dangers" of blood clots. The contents is about risks for blood clots. Get your act together if you want me to believe you're thinking clearly about blood clots.


12 months ago, said...

Why is there never "X" amount of hidden signs of "Blood Clots" posted other then developing in the legs, grown, feet. What about the lungs, arms, etc.???????


12 months ago, said...

why does a DVT cause neuropathy in hands and feet?


12 months ago, said...

I had clots as big as jello chunks


12 months ago, said...

i have had blood clots both legs for two years, nothing moving, doctor will not allow me to take anything, Because recent studies its best not to treat, under the knees.


about 1 year ago, said...

Two months ago I had three consecutive surgeries on three consecutive days, with 4 days in the ICU. Three months prior I went to my doctor because of spreading pain in my leg. An ultrasound and spine X-ray revealed nothing.. Tried to get appointment with my doctor for 4 days, went to one ER and left after three hours because I couldn't get looked at or treated other than a blood draw. The next day I went to a different ER and was immediately put on IV morphine.. I am now on Eliquis which is outrageously expensive. When I go walking, I again have pain in my calf and will have an ultrasound this week. I am extremely mad at the first ER doctor. I would have thought that they are better trained to recognize a real emergency, because I was told the next day that I could have died in one more day. Going to the ER does not guarantee ER treatment .


about 1 year ago, said...

I experience massive blood clot in both lungs and wasn't expected to live the night. Very sudden walking in a parking lot when it happened. After many test the reason was ruled estrogen. I am on blood thinner and will be the rest of my life. This required a 7 day ICU hospital stay. Thank god for his grace that saved me


about 1 year ago, said...

I have had a major Blood Clot up and down my left leg......what can I do to make sure this doesn't happen again?


about 1 year ago, said...

Wow, no mention of taking enzyme supplements to dissolve fibrin (nattokinaise is the enzyme for this)...also proteases and another starting with serra (often sold with nattokinaise)... I pretty much 75% elim the swollen leg with a few days of protease pills (enteric coated on empty stomach) ...foot blown up like balloon, then deflated, looking like a prune)...I had scan for clot btw, negative. Do a lot of reading about this these pills work system wide, not just on your desired result. using blood thinner active cancer tumor...too much mucous in lungs (might dissolve all at once and almost drown you...happened to me)...it's a big biochemical complexity and worth effort to think through. The swelling of my leg was due mostly to a broken cyst and resulting inflammation, the swelling was so bad that plasma was forced out through my skin, weeping, hives, etc. Big patch of inflamed scar tissue. This I am eliminating, slowly but steadily. Check it out and think through your own conditions...


about 1 year ago, said...

this tells what if you are but it does not go far enough , what are the signs that you have them the first is a little misleading


about 1 year ago, said...

I had a PE back in 2008. After a Minor Surgery my Blood Pressure suddenly dipped to a dangerous level. Thankful I was still in the hospital at that time. I was still sent home a few hours later. I experienced Heart Burn, Fatigue and Shortness of Breath, and when I called my doctor to discuss those symptoms he advised me to go to the hospital, where a CT Scan revealed a Clot. Thankfully, I only spent one night at the hospital and was sent home on Warfarin for 8 months. Blood Tests every 5-7 days to check my levels during that time.Diagnosed with Phactor V Leiden, I can now deal with the dangers and lead a normal life. I can not travel for more than 3 hours without taking a blood thinner shot to prevent another PE. I am happy to have the diagnosis and know there are treatments available.


about 1 year ago, said...

I have upcoming spinal surgery. Great timely article.


about 1 year ago, said...

Very good info.


about 1 year ago, said...

In 1979 I developed a DVT. I did'nt know it at first, I went to ER & had a smart mouth doctor. He said to me "well will give you something for pain & see what happens' I waited hours & no one came back, so I left & the next daywent to another ER. They treated me for a clot & my GYN. gave me the number of a doctor. I was put in the hospital for 5 days & put on blood thinners for 3 months. In between I had quite a few super fiscal clots. No one could figure out why. When I was 44 I had another DVT & was admitted to the hospital, they said for 5 days. Well after 4 days I had a horrible pain in my back, right side. Then I could not walk, my left leg would not move. All clots were in the left leg. They did a CT & I had developed a bleed. They gave me to much blood thinner & had to stop it. They put the Greenfield Filter in me & could not lift my leg. I could not feel it. Very slowly I did get some feeling back. I was sent to a blood doctor & he drew 9 tubes of blood. I waited 6 weeks for the results & I had Factor V. Back then which was 1998 they were just starting to learn about it. Most doctors never heard of it. My dad died at the age of 42 of a heart attack in 1975 & came from a big family. They said he must of had it also. I am the oldest of 8 & they told me let my siblings know, which I did but no one was tested. They thought it was in my head. My one sister passed from RA but had clots in both her lungs, then another sister was in the hospital & she also had clots in the lungs & they almost lost her. My youngest brother 38 suddenly passed August 2012 from 4 clots, then my only living brother developed clots in his leg & both his lungs & was in Florida, they told him one more day & he would of died. Don't mess with this, PLEASE be checked. Sorry so long. Thank You.


about 1 year ago, said...

I understand having Protein C causes you to produce blood clots. I never see any information on this.


about 1 year ago, said...

Please spread the work about FACTOR 2 MUTATION. I was diagnosed 6 years ago, with an ER visit revealing 13 clots (major one upper thigh and 2 in each lung...) Genetic testing determined FACTOR 2, which means WARFARIN for life! I believe I survived this to tell about it: that the Mutation originated in Northern Spain and that many HISPANICS may have this. I told all my relatives and had my kids tested for this GENE. My son has it, daughter doesn't and half my relatives in the country that WERE tested, have the gene also. It has altered my lifestyle but I am a true WALKING MIRACLE thanks to physicians' care in the ER. In fact, when I travel, I must go to ER's to get my INR test and I hear many doctors fight over my case, as some have learned of this newly recognized mutation and want to take part in it's treatment. Bed rest in the hospital for a month, abdominal injections (painful Lovenox) and modern medicine (weekly INR tests), Diet, travel, stress, medication all keep my "numbers" in check. Now we know WHY other relatives died from clots in the past. Please, if you are of SPANISH descent, ask your doctor to be checked for FACTOR 2 MUTATION. The ONE thing that bothers me most: limiting my leafy greens, as they contain VITAMIN K and can contribute to clotting. Small price to pay to stay alive!


about 1 year ago, said...

A month ago I fell with a load of materials on my shoulder. Injuring my arm shouldet. This week they found a blood clot. Blood thinners r my only hope. The use of my arm is terrible. Almost none. Scared and confused.


about 1 year ago, said...

While the authors credentials guarantee necessary writing skills and her personal life involves caring for close family members who have complicated needs, this does not qualify the quality of this article related to coagulation, aggregates, thrombus or emboli. Quite a few "not quite right" statements that a lay person could not discern (one way or the other the) validity of. The "not quite right" is obvious to those of us in the science and art of physical processes that impede health.


about 1 year ago, said...

A very useful article which I can well relate to


about 1 year ago, said...

Whoops! That should have said blood THINNING medication!


about 1 year ago, said...

I have had a DVT and my mother had numerous DVTs and even PEs. So most of the risk factors show up in me. I had the pain, the swelling, the redness; all of it. You neglected to mention, though, Factor VIII, especially in conjunction with Factor V Leiden. The two together, I was told by a hematologist, combine to make an even stronger clot risk. At least I don't smoke and never have. I AM on clotting medication however and will be for the rest of my life.


about 1 year ago, said...

TCompression stocking are a must for me but even with every possible device to put them on, apparently having broken L4 and L5, I've recently had another exptremely painful back injury trying to get them on and hae not been able to don them for almost 4 weeks. The best article I've seen on his subject.