Month: December 2016

Blood Clots

Blood Clots

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Blood clots. Just seeing the words is frightening. We think of these things as silent killers that could be forming within us at any given moment. It feeds into primal fears, and the fears are exacerbated by tabloid health stories that leave us in a near-hypochondriac state. But, as with any fears, getting clued up is the answer. Just as building relaxing treats into your life, such as gay massage in London, is important for overall health, so is knowledge.

First, let’s grasp the fact that our blood’s ability to clot is a good thing. When we’re injured, it’s vital that our blood clots at the site of the injury, forming a dam to prevent excessive bleeding. Just think of those poor haemophiliacs who lack the ability to clot properly – it’s incredibly dangerous. But when does clotting blood stop being a help and became a menace? That’s when clots show up in our systems when and where they’re not needed. Particularly grave is the blood clot that forms in the deep veins near our muscles. These spell not only pain but also danger. You may have heard of this under the name Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and it’s no laughing matter. These clots cause jams in our circulation, meaning that our blood cannot flow around our bodies properly and get where it’s needed. And if these clots break from their moorings and travel into our lungs, it gets nastier still because this is when we’re in danger of a pulmonary embolism (PE) – a clot which prevents our internal organs from getting the oxygen and blood they so dearly need. It’s a sorry state of affairs, to be sure, because now we’re talking fatalities and there’s no coming back from that. And if we do survive, it may be that we’ve incurred terrible damage to our lungs and other organs. Keeping in shape can help reduce our risk of these nasties, but it also pays to know the warning signs. These are:

A swollen limb. One typical sign of DVT is a puffed-up arm or leg. Blood can start pooling behind the clot, leading to a swollen limb. So if you have a limb that bloats up quite suddenly (and is painful) take action.

Pain. This can occur on its own or in tandem with swelling and/or redness. It’s a kind of pain that can be confused for muscle cramp/strain, leading to mis-diagnosis. The pain associated with DVT will often strike when you’re strolling or when you flex your foot upwards. Have your doctor take a closer inspection.

Red skin. DVT causes the affected limb to go red – redder than a normal bruise-colour. You will also find that the limb (arm or leg) is warm to the touch.

Chest pains. You may think, ‘Heart attack!’ when in fact it’s a sign of pulmonary embolism. The pain will be like a sharp stab, and what distinguishes it from heart attack pain is that there’ll be a worsening on the intake of breath. And the pain will continue getting more intense with each additional breath.

We wouldn’t blame you if you needed gay massage in London after taking in this rather worrying information. Just before we conclude, the other symptoms to look out for include shortness of breath, racing heart and unexplained cough. When in doubt, go straight to Accident and Emergency.