Blood clots in the body can be extremely dangerous if left unattended. You can suffer a heart attack, stroke, and other serious medical problems following a blood clot.But it is easily identifiable through bodily symptoms. Here’s how you can tell if you or a loved one are experiencing a dangerous blood clot.
1. Leg pain or tenderness.
A common symptom of DVT is pain or tenderness in the leg, says the National Blood Clot Alliance. This pain is sometimes described as a cramp or Charley horse.
2. Chest pain with deep breathing.
If you experience these symptoms together, the National Blood Clot Alliance says you may be experiencing a blood clot in the lungs. If you have any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention, as this blood clot can quickly turn fatal.
3. Red streaks on your skin.
Remember, a bruise is a form of blood clot. But if you see red streaks running along the length of your veins, know this is no normal bruise. Seek immediate medical attention. Prevention says these red streaks often make the limb feel warm to the touch.
4. Unexplained cough. If you are coughing for no reason, Prevention says to pay attention to your heart rate, chest, and breath. If you have an unexplained cough with any of the above symptoms, call your doctor.
5. Shortness of breath. If you have trouble taking deep breaths, you may have a blood clot in the lungs, says Prevention. You may also experience a fluttering in the chest, a racing heart, or dizziness. Any of these symptoms warrants immediate medical attention.