Blood Clot In Your Lungs: Why It Happens, How Dangerous It Is, And 7 Symptoms To Call 911

Lifestyle & Health

May 22, 2018 11:02 By Fabiosa

Depending on the location, when something gets in the way of your blood, it can be fatal. Unfortunately, nowadays, blood clots aren’t a rare thing. Many Americans suffer from conditions, which may cause the occurrence of those little blood stoppers.

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What is pulmonary embolism and what causes it?

Do you know what happens when a clot gets stuck in one of the arteries in your lungs? The clot blocks the usual flow of the blood, and the part which doesn’t get enough blood supply is simply dying. This condition is called pulmonary embolism (PE). The blockage may also cause low blood oxygenation, which in turn leads to other organs receiving insufficient amount of oxygen.

Typically, PE occurs due to the disease called deep vein thrombosis (DVT), where the clots form in the extremities and travel to other parts of the body. Due to the different size of the arteries, large clots can get stuck in the smaller pulmonary artery. These clots develop when people aren’t moving their body for a long period of time.

Other risk factors include:

  • hypercoagulability (increased clotting potential of the blood), which can be caused by some medications, smoking, cancer, or even pregnancy;
  • damaged blood vessel wall (for instance, leg trauma).

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Symptoms of PE

Although typically there are no symptoms early on, a person can experience a sudden occurrence of those. Call 911 if you have any of the following:

  • shortness of breath;
  • chest pain;
  • cough (possibly with blood);
  • pain in the back;
  • heavy sweating;
  • dizziness or feeling of passing out;
  • blue nails and lips.

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Preventive measures

The best way to prevent PE and DVT is to prevent the occurrence of clots. Regular exercises and a healthy diet are the main tools to achieve this goal. However, there are additional methods that might be very useful.

1. Garlic

In general, it has been proven that garlic has antibiotic and antiseptic properties that help our immune system to withstand virus attacks. Moreover, it contains a component called ajoene, which is great in preventing the formation of blood clots. The recommended daily amount is two cloves.

2. Cat’s claw

This plant’s bark and root contain very useful medicinal compounds, which can not only prevent blood clots but also improve blood circulation. The recommended dose is 1/2 tsp. twice a day.

3. Ginger

This spice has been used in Asian cultures for thousands of years. And indeed, ginger has proven to be a great remedy for preventing blood clots. It also has multiple other benefits to our health, such as lowering cholesterol levels, improving brain function, and even fighting infections.

Overall, pulmonary embolism can rarely be detected in early stages, which makes the condition so scary. If you experience the symptoms listed above, it is necessary to get medical attention as soon as possible. The best way to prevent the life-threatening situations is to lead a healthy lifestyle.

                                                                                                                         Source: MayoClinicWeb MD, Live Strong

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