Deep vein clots, especially those located in the thigh, can break off and travel through your bloodstream. A clot that lodges in an artery within the lungs can cause blockage of blood flow, which can lead to fatal conditions like pulmonary embolism. This condition can cause damage to the lungs and lower blood oxygen levels. It can also harm other organs.
Deep Vein Clots are more common in some people
Deep vein thrombosis is more common in some people than others. People who experience deep vein thrombosis usually have some degree of thrombophilia. This means that their blood clots faster or more easily. Lifestyle can play a role in blood clot formation, especially if you aren’t moving enough. If you:
- Recent surgery has been performed
- Recently, you broke a bone.
- If you are ill and have been in bed for a while,
- If you are traveling for a prolonged period of time (such as a long car or plane rides).
Other conditions or diseases can increase your risk of getting a blood clot. A stroke, paralysis (inability to move), high blood pressure, surgery, recent treatment for cancer, and chronic heart disease can all increase your chances of a blood clot.
High-risk women who use hormone therapy pills or birth control pills while pregnant or within 6 weeks of giving birth are also at greater risk. Smokers and those over 60 are also at higher risk. Deep vein thrombosis is possible at any age.
There are steps you can take to reduce your risk of getting blood clots
There are simple ways to reduce your risk of a blood clot. If you are sitting for long periods while on the road, it is a good idea to stretch your lower legs. After surgery or illness, get out of bed and move as soon as possible. Your chances of avoiding blood clots are higher if you’re active. To prevent blood clots following certain types of surgery, take any medication your doctor recommends.
Take immediate medical attention if you suspect a clot.
Blood clot complications can be prevented by prompt treatment and diagnosis. If you experience any symptoms of deep vein embolism or pulmonary embolism, you should immediately consult your doctor.
Talk to your doctor if you believe you might be at risk of deep vein thrombosis.