Blood clot. Those two words can be terribly frightening.
According to Mayo Clinic, blood is supposed to clot. This is how the body stops bleeding. We’ve all seen a blood clot in the form of a scab and a bruise. But sometimes, blood clots when it’s not supposed to. When this happens, you can suffer a heart attack, stroke, and other serious medical problems.
Here’s how you can tell if you or a loved one are experiencing a dangerous blood clot.
1. Swelling in one limb. This is a symptom of a kind of blood clot known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) that prevents blood flow in the circulation system. DVT is especially dangerous because it prevents oxygen from reaching vital organs, explains Prevention.