Blood Clot

Imagine putting yourself at the risk of a heart attack without having lived a lifestyle that predisposes you to one. Your cholesterol is good, overall your body weight is in control, and you do not have high blood pressure. You can still suffer from a heart attack from a blood clot. A blood clot also known as Deep Vein Thrombosis can create a blockage in your artery. It can even travel through your ventricular system and end up blocking the flow of blood. At some point, this can lead to a heart attack or stroke. You do not wish to create such a situation knowingly.

Deep Vein Thrombosis usually occurs in older people. However, it can happen even to the young. It is caused by excess weight, smoking, or if you have a genetic history in the family. Also, if you the type who thinks moving around or being active is for the proletariat, and you instead fancy a life was sitting on your haunches ordering people around, take note; it can cause blood clots. The clot can start in your leg and then travel to your lung. If this were to happen, oxygen would not flow from your lungs to your heart, depriving your heart of the oxygen it needs. The lack of oxygen can damage vital organs or in an extreme situation even cause death.

Perish the thought that your body will spring a surprise on you for this. Instead, your body will repeatedly signal such a condition by causing swelling and pain in the area where a clot might have formed. Tenderness, redness or bruising may be other vital signs. If indeed the lump has embarked on a grand voyage within, you may feel breathlessness.

If you feel you might have contracted one, act at once. Pre-emption is often lifesaving. The solution might be surgery or medication, but either way, it beats missing a few heartbeats or even all.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.