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Blood Clots

Blood Clots

What are the symptoms of blood clots?

Blood clots in the veins do not allow blood to return to the heart, and symptoms occur because of this "damming effect." These clots often occur in the legs or the arms, symptoms include:

  • swelling,
  • warmth,
  • redness, and
  • pain.

Blood clots in the arteries do not allow blood get to the affected area. Body tissue that is deprived of blood and oxygen begins to die and becomes ischemic. Symptoms of blood clots in the arteries are:

  • Pain. Pain is the initial symptom of the oxygen deprivation (ischemia) due to loss of blood supply.
  • Location of the blood clot: Other symptoms depend upon the location of the clot, and often the effect will be a loss of function, for example:
    • heart attack or stroke (self-explanatory),
    • in an arm or leg; in addition to pain, the affected limb may appear white, and weakness, loss of sensation, or paralysis may occur.
    • to an area of the bowel, in addition to intense pain, there may be bloody diarrhea. Continue Reading
Reviewed on 2/27/2015
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