Blood clot in arm

A blood clot can be arterial or venous. Venous clots stop blood from flowing back to the heart; this causes symptoms like a warm or burning sensations, redness or swelling, typically along with pain in the area blocked by the clot. Arterial clots block oxygenated blood flowing from the heart to the affected body part. Since there’s not enough blood, the tissue is starved of oxygen and starts dying off. The symptoms of this kind of condition include pain, a loss of proper function in the affected limb, stroke and heart attack. The affected limb — in this instance the arm — may start to look white, become numb and insensitive; paralysis may even ensue. When not addressed promptly, the condition can progress and more severe physical symptoms can appear; these may include skin lesions, blisters along the skin of the arm, darkening and eventually sloughing (shedding) of the skin on the arm.

A blood clot in the arm is a very common post-surgical complication, one which may occur in many patients. Following surgery, the clotting process is often stimulated. A blood clot may develop a couple of hours after the operation, a week or two — even months after surgery.

Treating Blood Clots in the Arm

Doctors normally prescribe blood-thinning drugs such as Warfarin or Heparin. Administering blood-thinners can stop blood clots from forming. Seeking professional advice from a medical expert is important before taking any kind of medication.

Home remedies are relatively safe when used for the prevention of clots and are worth considering if you’re not in immediate danger. An infusion (tea) made from dried yarrow leaves can help to prevent the condition. Three or four cloves of raw garlic, taken daily, can also thin the blood and reduce the risk of clots.

The body can dissolve unwanted clots more effectively if a person engages in daily exercise, such as going for a brisk walk or jogging. Staying hydrated by drinking lots of water will also thin the blood and make unwanted clots less likely.

A high-fiber diet can also prevent your blood from becoming dangerously thick. Raw nuts, legumes, seeds, whole grains, vegetables and fruits should be included in your diet. Any food that contains wheatgerm is a good source of vitamin E, as are walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds and corn. These foods also help thin one’s blood, helping to guard against dangerous diseases that may arise because of blood clotting.

Blood clots can have grave effects on a person’s vital organs, including the heart and the lungs, bringing about situations where there’s a real danger of death. Do not ignore or overlook symptoms that could point to a blood clot — seek medical attention immediately. Eating a healthy diet and taking regular exercise are both excellent strategies for preventing dangerous blood clots from developing.

Posted on July 3, 2013 at 11:45 am by admin · Permalink
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