Blood Disorder: Clotting
This condition can also be referred to as hypercoagulability or thrombophilia. It is a condition that causes the blood to accumulate at one place readily. When a person is injured, the body normally builds a blood clot to control its bleeding. These clots are gel-like substance that forms when the clotting factors( proteins) that is produced by the liver bind to the platelets present in the blood ( coagulates)
A normal coagulation takes place to staunch the bleeding from a wound and kickstart the process of healing. However, in situations when there is excessive clotting it becomes problematic and has negative effects of the body.
People who have problems with their blood’s ability to coagulate have an elevated chance of developing a blood clot in their:
- arteries (blood veins that transport blood from the heart) (vessels that carry blood away from your heart).
- veins (blood vessels that deliver blood to your heart) (vessels that carry blood to your heart).
Blood clot that forms inside a blood vessel is called a thrombus or embolus. A blood clot is the vein has the tendency of breaking and moving through the blood to parts of the body and cause life threatening conditions including:
- An embolus in the pulmonary artery (blood clot in your lungs).
- Thrombosis of the deep veins (a blood clot in the veins of your pelvis, leg, arm, liver, intestines or kidneys).
Clotting of blood that forms in your arteries might make you more susceptible to some serious health conditions. Few of the common blood clotting disorders can lead to the following health issues.
Blood clots that form in the arteries are more dangerous and usually call for urgent medical attention. These blood clotting disorders cause:
- Heart attack.
- Severe leg pain.
- Difficulty in walking
- Possible amputation of an arm or a leg.
A huge amount of blood clot needs to happen before someone suffers from stroke caused by blood clot.
Blood Clotting Symptoms
Symptoms of blood clotting will include the following:
When there is blood clot present in a person’s blood, it obstruct the blood flow to the leg veins, causing painful swelling and soreness in the legs that are also tender to touch. (called deep vein thrombosis or DVT).
If the blood clot travels to the lungs of a person, he or she might have a chest discomfort and shortness of breath (called pulmonary embolism).
Possible Treatment for Blood Clotting
Most times, anticoagulants inhibit the capacity of your blood to clot and stop the formation of new clots from occurring while they are in your system. Medications that is important for blood clotting disorder treatment includes:
- Aspirin, Warfarin tablet medicine.
- Heparin (a liquid drug that may be administered intravenously (IV) in the vein or intramuscularly (IM).
- Fondaparinux is administered by injection.
- Anticoagulants are taken directly by mouth in the form of tablets, such as rivaroxaban, apixaban, or dabigatran.
A healthcare professional will discuss the medication options, advantages and potential side effects. A diagnosis is will provide information to help define the sort of anticoagulant medicine to will take and other procedures.
Ways to help avoid a Blood Clot
- Keeping a healthy weight and body composition.
- Getting regular exercises and body movements particularly on lengthy trips and after surgical procedures.
- Finding birth control methods that do not rely on estrogens, such as hormone replacement therapy or birth control tablets.
- Ensuring that you are obtaining the necessary amount of vitamin intake.
Blood clotting can happen to anyone. All it takes is an injury to cause and ignoring that injury. At LECC, we have hematologists that take care of all blood clotting disorders. Get in touch with us for more information on curing the blood clotting disorders and other blood related conditions.