Everyone knows the type of blood clots that come with a bruise or scab: they’re annoying and sometimes they give you quite a twinge, but you don’t have to worry too much about them.
But some clots are anything but harmless. They can cause heart attacks, strokes, and other severe medical problems. If you have the following symptoms, it might be wise to schedule a check-up sooner rather than later.
1. Swelling or a bulge in one of your limbs
Inside the swelling there may be a vein thrombosis, or clot, which can affect circulation, decrease the amount of oxygen that essential organs are receiving, and even cause a heart attack or stroke.
2. Pain in your legs
This is often a sign of a thrombosis, especially when the pain feels like a cramp.
3. Red stripes on the skin
A bruise or the scab that forms after a cut are also a form of blood clot. But if you see red stripes on the skin following the veins underneath, it’s not a normal contusion. If the stripes are warm, you should consult a doctor immediately.
4. Chest pains while breathing deeply
This can be an indication of a blood clot in the lungs, which could lead to a pulmonary embolism. If it’s painful to breathe, it’s always a good idea to act quickly and get it checked.
5. Shortness of breath
If it’s hard to breathe deeply, this can also be a sign of a blood clot in the lungs. A fluttering sensation in the chest, racing heart, or dizziness should be seen to without delay.
6. Unexplained coughing
If you’re suddenly coughing, without having a cold or some other “legitimate” reason to cough, check your heart rate. If it’s unusual (and definitely if it’s combined with any of the above symptoms), call your doctor.
No one wants to seem like a hypochondriac or worry all the time. But in the case of these six indications, taking them seriously or not can be a matter of life and death. Better to be on the safe side, right?