2. Redness, Inflammation or Varicose Veins
Swelling often occurs at the site of the blood clot in the body. If it’s in the arm or leg, the entire limb could swell up. In addition to swelling, it will usually become discolored, either red or blue, and become warm and itchy. When a clot forms in the leg it’s called a DVT. This scenario is serious because the clot can travel through the bloodstream into your lungs and become a pulmonary embolism. If a clot forms in the leg, it often begins in the calf and typically feels like cramping or soreness.
3. Shortness of Breath
This particular symptom can be very scary, because it could mean the blood clot has travelled into the lungs. According to WebMD, trouble breathing that is also accompanied by a persistent cough, is one of the most common early warning signs of a pulmonary embolism. Not surprisingly, this is an alarming situation and should be taken seriously. If this happens, call 911 and get medical help right away.
4. Chest Pain or Pain with Deep Breathing
If a blood clot travels to the lungs it is referred to as a pulmonary embolism, which as we previously mentioned can be life-threatening. A pulmonary embolism happens when a blood clot (which usually starts in another part of the body, such as the leg) travels into the lungs and blocks a blood vessel. One of the main symptoms to watch for is chest pain or general discomfort while breathing. Due to the pain, it can also be difficult to take a deep breath.
A blood clot in the lungs isn’t the only thing we should be weary of when it comes to chest pain. It could also mean a clot has formed in one of the arteries of the heart, which WebMD warns could lead to a heart attack.