Risk FactorsThere are several known risk factors that increase the chances of developing a blood clot. A recent major surgery or long stay in the hospital can increase your risk, as well as:
- Age - especially being older than 65
- Lengthy travel - trips that caused you to sit for more than four hours at a time
- Bed rest or being sedentary for long periods of time
- Family history of blood clots
- Certain birth control pills
Blood Clot in the LegThis is a scary thought, but it's possible to have a blood clot with no obvious signs or symptoms, and some symptoms are often the same as in other diseases. But the most common place for a blood clot to occur is in the lower leg. The symptoms depend on the size of the clot. A large clot can cause extreme swelling and intensive pain in the leg. Symptoms of a blood clot in the leg can include:
- A warm sensation
- Pain in the calf when you stretch your toes upward
- A pale or bluish discoloration
Blood Clot in the HeartIt is less common for a blood clot to occur in the heart, but it can still happen. A blood clot in the heart could cause your chest to hurt or feel heavy, and be accompanied by feeling light-headed and experiencing shortness of breath.
Blood Clot in the AbdomenSigns of a blood clot in the abdomen can include severe abdominal pain accompanied by vomiting and diarrhea. These could also be symptoms of a stomach virus or food poisoning, so be sure to check in with a health care professional.
Blood Clot in the BrainA sudden and severe headache along with sudden difficulty seeing or speaking could be signs of a blood clot that has formed in the brain.
Blood Clot in the LungsPossible signs of a blood clot that has traveled to the lungs (a pulmonary embolism) include:
- Sudden shortness of breath that can't be explained
- Chest pain
- Heart palpitations or rapid heart rate
- Breathing problems
- Coughing up blood