Leg pain and blood clots

Pain in the legs can be a sign of blood clots, and blood clots can be deadly. At least 350,000 Americans develop blood clots in their legs each year, and 100,000 die from them. Blood clots may occur after you experience a broken bone, during pregnancy, as a result of a fall, or due to prolonged immobility. Some people have a naturally higher risk of blood clots due to genetic factors. People that are obese or smoke are also at a higher risk for developing leg blood clots.

Known as a deep vein thrombosis or DVT, blood clots can develop in the legs or the groin. These clots can kill if they travel to the lungs, where they become a pulmonary embolism.

If you experience any of the symptoms of blood clots or are exposed to any of the risk factors make sure to contact your Georgia vein physician. These symptoms include pain, swelling, a warm or red spot on the leg, difficulty breathing and dizziness.

There are a number of things that you can do to prevent blood clots, including:

  • Do exercises prescribed by your doctor.
  • Reduce the salt in your diet.
  • If possible, get regular exercise, even if it is walking in the mall here in Calhoun.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing.
  • Avoid standing for more than an hour at a time without a break.
  • Change positions often during long car rides.

Talk to your doctor to find out if you are at an elevated risk. By recognizing the symptoms and doing what you can to avoid blood clots, you can reduce your chances of this deadly complication.

 

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