Blood Clots : When to see a doctor?
- Shortness of breath
- Pressure, fullness or a squeezing pain in the center of your chest lasting more than a few minutes
- Pain extending to your shoulder, arm, back or jaw
- A fast heartbeat
- Sudden weakness or numbness of your face, arm or leg
- Sudden difficulty speaking or understanding speech (aphasia)
- Sudden blurred, double or decreased vision
Consult your doctor if you develop these signs or symptoms in an area on an arm or leg:
To reduce your risk of developing blood clots, try these tips:
- Avoid sitting for long periods. If you travel by airplane, walk the aisle periodically. For car trips, stop and walk around frequently.
- Move. After you've had surgery or been on bed rest, the sooner you move, the better.
- Change your lifestyle. Lose weight, lower high blood pressure, stop smoking and exercise regularly.