Knowing These Symptoms of a “Silent Killer” Blood Clot Could Save Your Life
A blood clot, also known as pulmonary embolism, VTE, DVT, and the “Silent Killer,” can develop in even the healthiest individuals and at any time. Knowing the symptoms and seeking medical attention right away could be the difference between life and death.
To recognize the signs and symptoms of a blood clot, remember to:
S.T.O.P. the C.L.O.T.
S- Swelling in the leg
T- Tenderness/leg cramps
O- Out of breath
P- Pass out/light headed
C- Chest pain, back pain when breathing
L- Leg discoloration (red/blue hue)
O- Overdrive/racing heart
T- Time to call 911
The best way to avoid developing a blood clot is to know the risk factors and take preventative measures when possible. Risk factors include family history of blood clots, obesity, severe trauma, vein injuries, cancer, pregnancy, certain forms of birth control, smoking, long stretches of immobility, severe illness or major surgery. During any hospitalization or procedure, and especially if you have any other risk factors, talk to your doctor about your options to prevent blood clots, both in the hospital and at home. A mobile intermittent pneumatic compression device like the Circul8 Pro can be used both in the hospital and at home, and is an effective and drug-free way to prevent blood clots from developing in the legs. Talk to your doctor to learn more.