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Blood Clot (Overview)

A blood clot or thrombus is the final step of the coagulation cascade. It is a good thing when your body is trying to stop blood loss, however a blood clot can form in the veins after prolonged periods of immobility. This type of like that would require treatment.


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What are the tests for blood clot in leg?

What are the tests for blood clot in leg?

Ultrasound: 1. History and physical exam. If your history and examination are suspicious that it might be a dvt, then you need a 2. D-dimer. A blood test is done. If it is very low, you don't have a dvt. If it is high you might have a DVT and you need an 3. Ultrasound scan. This is the gold standard test. The ultimate way to check for a DVT is ultrasound. ...Read more

Blood Clot (Overview)

A blood clot or thrombus is the final step of the coagulation cascade. It is a good thing when your body is trying to stop blood loss, however a blood clot can form in the veins after prolonged periods of immobility. This type of like that would require treatment.


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What are the best treatments for blood clots in the lung?

What are the best treatments for blood clots in the lung?

Heparin warfarin: Heparin (an anticoagulant is started immediately). Eventually, most patients are switched to a pill medication - typically Coumadin (aka warfarin) is started after a few days and continued for several months. Some patients have a filter placed in the large abdominal vein (inferior vena cava) to decrease the risk of subsequent clots. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

Avoid skipping meals
Once
Eat protein-rich snacks every 2 hours
Daily
Keep fruit with you at all times if you feel hypoglycemic
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What are the symptoms of blood clot in shin?

What are the symptoms of blood clot in shin?

Several possibilites: Common complaints would include local discomfort, redness, warmth and swelling. ...Read more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Monitor your blood pressure at home
Daily
See your doctor regularly and work with him/her to control your blood pressure
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Take your medication as instructed without fail
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How does a blood clot break?

How does a blood clot break?

Spontaneously: A DVT can dislodge and travel to the lungs -- this typically happens spontaneously. ...Read more

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What is the main symptom of having blood clots in the legs?

What is the main symptom of having blood clots in the legs?

Symptoms of DVT: Symptoms of blood clots or DVT include pain, swelling in legs. Sometimes redness, low grade fever, stiffness in the leg muscles and cramps. Swollen or tender veins can appear. Sometimes there are few or very mild symptoms.
if you have these symptoms especially if you have risk factors for blood clots, get checked by a doctor. ...Read more

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Taking Blood Thinners (Checklist)

Take appropriate dose of anticoagulation medication
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Follow up with your treating physician
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Can the symptoms of blood clots in the gradually happen over weeks?

Can the symptoms of blood clots in the gradually happen over weeks?

Not likely: The symptoms of a blood clot could possibly develop over time if the blood clot is very small and in a small calf vein. If the clot enlarges and extends into the larger vein, then worsening symptoms could occur. Much more commonly, the symptoms from a blood clot develop suddenly. ...Read more

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Diagnosing Blood in Stool (Checklist)

Get a heme test of stool
daily
Make dietary changes
3x day
Take a stool softener
3x day
See your doctor
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If diagnosised with a blood clot in leg, can I still fly cross country?

If diagnosised with a blood clot in leg, can I still fly cross country?

Venous thrombosis: If you were diagnosed with dvt, deep venous thrombosis aka ckot in leg, the concern is clot breaking loose from leg and traveling to your lung. Once diagnosed and on treatment this risk of pulmonary embolism drops. After a week, you can air travel. Stay hydrated, wear compression devices and continue your rherapy. ...Read more

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Dealing with Blood in Urine (Checklist)

Rule out infection as a cause with a urinalysis or culture
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Ask your doctor to review your medications to identify cause
once
Rule out kidney stones with your doctor
once
If male, schedule a prostate exam
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Are blood clots normal on a pill?

Are blood clots normal on a pill?

No: I assume that you mean to ask if it is normal to develop blood clots when taking oral contraceptive pills (ocp).

The risk of developing blood clots (deep vein thrombosis, coronary artery thrombosis) is slightly increased in persosn taking ocp, however, this is not normal. The risks are particularly increased in patients with acquired or genetic clotting tendencies. ...Read more

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How do they test for blood clots in your lungs?

How do they test for blood clots in your lungs?

Ct scan: A ct scan of the chest is usually done with IV contrast to localize and verify if there is a blood clot in lungs. Sometimes they can do another radiological test called ventilation perfusion scan but these are less reliable. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
once
Have your medications adjusted if needed
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Look for symptoms of lightheadedness and fatigue
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What are the tests for blood clot in leg?

Ultrasound: 1. History and physical exam. If your history and examination are suspicious that it might be a dvt, then you need a 2. D-dimer. A blood test is done. If it is very low, you don't have a dvt. If it is high you might have a DVT and you need an 3. Ultrasound scan. This is the gold standard test. The ultimate way to check for a DVT is ultrasound. ...Read more

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How do you know you have blood clot in your legs?

How do you know you have blood clot in your legs?

Clot in the leg/DVT: Deep venous thrombosis can be suspected by asymmetric swelling of legs, tenderness in the calf but confirmed by ultrasound of the extremity concerned. ...Read more

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Does frequently flying cause blood clots?

Does frequently flying cause blood clots?

Maybe: Travel thrombosis is a well-recognised problem. ..Dehydration, limited movement and a stting postion all contribute to slow blood flow which leads to blood being made more coagulabel...Drinking fluids, wearing compression hose, leg exercises and walking during flight all contribute to preventing this problem. ...Read more

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Swollen calf muscle, does this mean blood clot?

Swollen calf muscle, does this mean blood clot?

Not necessarily: Though you should see your primary care physician just in case! ...Read more

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Best medication to treat blood clot in lung?

Best medication to treat blood clot in lung?

Complicated: Depending on why you got a blood clot and other conditions present at the time of the diagnosis of the clot you might be getting different medications. For example if there is also a diagnosis of cancer a physician might be more inclined to use an injection instead of a pill to treat a lung clot. Your risk of bleeding, kidney function and other medications present will determine which the best is. ...Read more

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Is xarelta as effective in treating blood clots as warfarin?

Is xarelta as effective in treating blood clots as warfarin?

Xarelto: Yes. Xarelto (rivaroxaban) is equally effective as coumadin (warfarin). Initially it was given only for irregular heart beat atrial fibrillation. Now the use is expanded to leg clot DVT and lung clot pe. The advantage of xarelto over Coumadin is that there is no periodic blood checkup for pt/ inr just like coumadin. It can be expensive & inconvenient. Can't monitor level & no antidote. ...Read more

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What is the preferred treatment for blood clots in the leg.?

What is the preferred treatment for blood clots in the leg.?

Blood thinners: Usually, three or more months of blood thinners, such as warfarin, heparin, or enoxaparin, are the treatment of choice. The exact medicine and duration of treatment depend on the clinical scenario. ...Read more

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What are the best treatments for blood clots in the lung?

Heparin warfarin: Heparin (an anticoagulant is started immediately). Eventually, most patients are switched to a pill medication - typically Coumadin (aka warfarin) is started after a few days and continued for several months. Some patients have a filter placed in the large abdominal vein (inferior vena cava) to decrease the risk of subsequent clots. ...Read more

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Are there vitamins that will prevent or cure blood clots in the legs?

No: There are no vitamins or natural therapeutics that will prevent or cure blood clots. Dvt's or blood clots in the leg are a serious condition and could lead to death if improperly treated. The only medications that help are the blood thinners like Coumadin (warfarin) and Lovenox (enoxaparin) (low molecular weight heparin). ...Read more

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How to get rid of blood clot under toenail after heavy object fell on it? Toenail is about 80% black and blue.

How to get rid of blood clot under toenail after heavy object fell on it? Toenail is about 80% black and blue.

When: When a toe is traumatized by the nail, a small blood vessel underneath the nail can break and cause bleeding under the nail. Blood collects between the nail plate (the nail itself) and the nail bed (the soft tissue under the nail plate), and pressure from the blood can cause the nail plate to lift off the nail bed. The blood causes the discoloration, and the pressure causes pain.

In more severe injuries of this kind, the bleeding is such that it will lift the nail plate so much and to cause the nail to come off. It can take a few days for the pressure to build up and lift off the nail. Once it does, if you can bear it, the pain subsides, since the pressure is relieved. If the injury is more minor and the bleeding is not so much, it might not be enough blood to force the nail up and off, in which case, it will take months for the blood under the nail to slowly grow out with the nail.

If you're in pain, I recommend you go to your doctor, or even an er to have the blood drained. If the nail plate is fairly intact and not separated from the nail bed, drilling a small hole in the nail plate (it doesn't hurt) will allow the blood to drain. If the nail plate is loose, taking the entire nail off is the better treatment (done under local anesthesia, no pain, quick & easy, and you will regrow another nail).

If you're not in pain and you just don't like the way it looks, you have 2 choices:
1) get medical attention to have the blood drained described above, or
2) get a pair of dark glasses so you don't have to look at it.

Hope this helps! Good luck. ...Read more