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What to do about blood clot in either lung?

What to do about blood clot in either lung?

Need blood thinner: This is a dangerous life threatening situation if you have a blood clot in the lung, you need to be on a blood thinner. ...Read more

Blood Clot (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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If a blood vein in your leg busts, what will happen?

If a blood vein in your leg busts, what will happen?

Black and blue: I a vein should burst then what you will see is the formation after several days of discoloration of the skin around the area of the burst vein. This is what we call a black and blue area(ecchymosis). Over several more days this will slowly fade and disappear. ...Read more

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What happens if you don’t treat a blood clot in your legs?

What happens if you don’t treat a blood clot in your legs?

Stroke risk: Clots can travel andcause interruption in lungs creates embolism, for certain people stroke or heart ischemia. ...Read more

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What to do for blood clots in my leg?

What to do for blood clots in my leg?

This is a medical : Emergency and you should go straight to the er. ...Read more

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What can I do to avoid a blood clot in the leg on an airplane?

What can I do to avoid a blood clot in the leg on an airplane?

Avoid stasis: Veins return blood from the legs to the heart. Gravity causes pooling of blood in the legs. Contraction of the calf muscles pumps the blood thru the veins. Flexing your calf muscles while sitting in your seat helps. Standing up and walking also helps. ...Read more

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Confused about breaking a hip and blood clots, what to do?

Confused about breaking a hip and blood clots, what to do?

Hip fracture: Hip fracture with its associated bedrest due to pain , immobilization and surgery will lead to increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the deep leg and pelvic veins). DVT may lead to clots thrown to the lungs and even death. Therefore anti clotting agents are prescribed to prevent DVT after hip fracture. ...Read more

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What happens if you get a blood clot in the leg (vein), can it cause a stroke (artery)?

What happens if you get a blood clot in the leg (vein), can it cause a stroke (artery)?

Rare: In rare cases, there is a communication between the right and left side of the heart allowing a clot from a vein to enter into the arterial circulation called a paradoxical embolism. ...Read more

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What to do if blood clots under a toenail?

What to do if blood clots under a toenail?

Depends: Subungual hematoma (blood clot underneath the nail) is best treated immediately after injury or running. If it is close to the end of the nail, you could trim part of the nail and drain it. Sometimes a hot sterile poker could be used also to drain the blood. Once it has dried up then besides soaking in a warm salt bath, only time will allow it to grow off. ...Read more

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What would a blood clot in the leg feel like?

What would a blood clot in the leg feel like?

Pain/swelling: Blood clots in the legs generally cause swelling in the lower leg as well as pain in the back of the leg. Usually only on one side. This is a serious condition that needs to be evaluated right away. Prolonged periods of rest and birth control pills increase your risk. ...Read more

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How do you get blood clots? What in the blood decides to clot up?

How do you get blood clots?  What in the blood decides to clot up?

Flow/vessels/protein: Clots can form when: blood flow slows or stops, a blood vessel wall is injured or components of your blood support or promote coagulation. We are always clotting and unclotting a little. When one of the factors noted above tips the scale there is rapid propagation of clot. ...Read more

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What are the tests a doctor will do to find out if I have a blood clot in my legs?

What are the tests a doctor will do to find out if I have a blood clot in my legs?

Several options: There are several options for the detection of a blood clot. A blood test for d-dimer may determine whether there is a clot. If this level is elevated, the physician may move to ultrasound (doppler). The doppler ultrasound is still the gold standard to detect clots, especially in the vessels of the legs. If there is a suspected pulmonary embolism, you will be sent for a ct scan of the chest. ...Read more

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What does a blood clot feel like in you leg veins?

What does a blood clot feel like in you leg veins?

Pain, tenderness.: Pain and/or tenderness in the leg along the path of the involved vein that can be accompanied by redness, and edema (swelling). ...Read more

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Hello doctors, what does a blood clot in your leg/ankle feel like?

Hello doctors, what does a blood clot in your leg/ankle feel like?

See below: You may feel a knot or cord in the back of the leg, the leg will feel colder, there will be pain when you squeeze the calf or surrounding area. ...Read more

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I have a blood clot in the jugular vein. What can I do to treat it?

I have a blood clot in the jugular vein. What can I do to treat it?

Sometimes such: A problem is related to a in dwelling vascular catheter. Line removal can help. If that isn't a good option or he clot is large you will likely be prescribed blood thinners. ...Read more

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How do you tell if you got blood clots in the legs after a flight?

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How do you tell if you got blood clots in the legs after a flight?

Pain and swelling: Commonly, blood clots cause pain and swelling but sometimes they will only cause one or the other. Occasionally, they cause no symptoms. Ultrasound is the only way to know for sure. ...Read more

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A rope snapped, hit hard on lower leg, left a knot. After a week the knot has only gotten bigger and it hurts. Should I be worried about a blood clot?

A rope snapped, hit hard on lower leg, left a knot. After a week the knot has only gotten bigger and it hurts. Should I be worried about a blood clot?

Get it evaluated: Sounds like a good idea to have someone evaluate the area. You can get blood to pool in an area of local trauma called a hematoma but blood clots can also form within the veins which are the more concerning type. ...Read more

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I have pain in my lower leg, moves around from shin to calf to ankle for 3 days now. Worried about a blood clot but also have had sciatica.What to do?

I have pain in my lower leg, moves around from shin to calf to ankle for 3 days now. Worried about a blood clot but also have had sciatica.What to do?

See your Doctor: Once blood clot is ruled out, then if you know you have sciatica it probably is that. Make sure though you rule out the blood clot first. You may need to see a spine/pain specialist for further evals and treatment for the sciatica though. ...Read more

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Cramping in lower left leg and foot. No injury. No swelling. Should i be worried about a blood clot?!

Cramping in lower left leg and foot. No injury. No swelling. Should i be worried about a blood clot?!

Not: necessarily unless you have had a previous clot, are using oral contraceptives, are sedentary, obese or have some type of coagulopathy. DVT is an elusive diagnosis unless thought about. Since you are worried a non invasive vascular exam can easily be ordered by your doctor. No one on this site can say with any degree of certainty that you do or don't with just this information. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned about blood clots in the legs?

Possibly Serious: A blood clot in a superficial vein is not an emergency. A blood clot in a deep vein is concerning because the clot can dislodge and travel to the lungs, which can be fatal. The deep clots, also called dvt's, require monitoring by vascular surgeons who treat the clots with anticoagulation medication and possibly surgical intervention. ...Read more

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Question about blood clots in the legs. Do you know you have them?

Clots in legs: Sometimes they present suddenly . Calf pain and swelling may imply clots. Swelling in one leg could indicate clots. Changes in foot or toe color may be seen. One leg feeling different in hot/cold might indicate an issue. If you are concerned you must seek immediate care. ...Read more

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My husband had a blood clot in his leg now the valve is messed up and blood don't flow right. Is there anything he can do about this? He also has an o

My husband had a blood clot in his leg now the valve is messed up and blood don't flow right. Is there anything he can do about this? He also has an o

Deep venous clot: A venous clot can damage the delicate valves inside the vein that allow for one way flow back to the heart. Your husband will need blood thinners to address the clot and an assessment of his risk for a second clot. He might also benefit from compression devices to help control leg swelling associated with damaged vein valves. Okay to see your doc or a vein specialist. ...Read more

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I kitchen chair fell hard on my outer lower left leg about 11/2 in above my ankle my. What the chances of getting a blood clot? Shld I get it chkd out

I kitchen chair fell hard on my outer lower left leg about 11/2 in above my ankle my. What the chances of getting a blood clot? Shld I get it chkd out

How Superficial.: Although the chances of getting a deep vein clot are low, the chances of getting a more superficial clot are more likely. This type of clot requires only a minor degree of treatment. Fortunately, these types of clots seldom lead to serious problems. Treatment is usually minimal, including aspirin, Tylenol, (acetaminophen) possibly some moist heat with elevation. ...Read more

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Could i lump in upper leg be a blood clot even though I am on. I medications, 28 yrs old; have not traveled? Concerned about up coming trip.

Could i lump in upper leg be a blood clot even though I am on. I medications,  28 yrs old; have not traveled? Concerned about up coming trip.

It depends: If suspected a clot, we need to do an ultrasound of the area. But, I am not sure what you meant by taking medications. If you are taking blood thinners and the levels are not within the required range then you still have a chance to develop a clot. If you are planning a trip, please walk or get up at least every 2 hours, that will help you to prevent a blood clot. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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I fell in February of this year and got a really big bruise on my upper thigh. I can still see it slightly on my leg. I'm flying to the US in October. Do I need to worry about the bruise and blood clots with such a long flight?

I fell in February of this year and got a really big bruise on my upper thigh. I can still see it slightly on my leg. I'm flying to the US in October. Do I need to worry about the bruise and blood clots with such a long flight?

No : The bruise itself would be unrelated to the development of a deep vein thrombosis. Taking a long flight can be a risk factor for getting a clot. I would not worry about it, I would just make sure you get up or at least do foot pumps every 30 minutes and consider taking an aspirin twice a day if there is no medical contraindication. ...Read more

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Should I worry about blood clots? 33yo female, never smoked, on COCs with 25mcg estrogen per pill, 24/4 cycle. Legs become sore when inactive.

Should I worry about blood clots? 33yo female, never smoked, on COCs with 25mcg estrogen per pill, 24/4 cycle. Legs become sore when inactive.

Unlikely: The risk is potentially there for anyone, and slightly more so for women and for BCP users. Do you have a family history of inappropriate blood clots (usually deep vein thrombosis, DVT)? They usually occur in one leg (not both), so pain in both legs would not raise my suspicion. They (DVTs) are easy to test for with an ultrasound study (called a duplex Doppler). You could mention this to your doc. ...Read more

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Blood clots about 7 years ago DVT and PE. Recent problems with legs doppler on both neg - should I ask for additional testing? Still worried.

Blood clots about 7 years ago DVT and PE.  Recent problems with legs doppler on both neg - should I ask for additional testing?  Still worried.

Unclear: If your dopplers are negative then you are probably fine but I am not sure what you mean by "recent problems." If you develop shortness of breath or one sided leg swelling address this immediately. ...Read more

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I have been experiencing leg aches. At time it's sharp pain in my calf to the point where I cannot sleep. Should I be worried about blood clots?

I have been experiencing leg aches. At time it's sharp pain in my calf to the point where I cannot sleep. Should I be worried about blood clots?

Something to questio: Not sure of your age, use of oral contraceptives, activity level and various other factors. Discuss with your doctor, but needs an evaluation. ...Read more

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I have Sciatic problems. Left leg hurts, goes numb to foot. Could that be the problem? Worried about blood clot.

I have Sciatic problems. Left leg hurts, goes numb to foot. Could that be the problem? Worried about blood clot.

Why Blood Clot?: Unless you have a fever or swollen limb which may suggest a blood clot more than sciatica. I would suggest ruling out the clot first (if you are concerned) and then workup the sciatica issue afterwards. ...Read more

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