Know More, Share More During Blood Clot Awareness Month 2017 March is Blood Clot Awareness Month (BCAM)
Blood clots do not discriminate. They can and do affect anyone from children to senior citizens, from professional athletes to mothers, women and men – no one is immune.
Tragically, roughly 274 lives are lost each day in the U.S. simply because public awareness about life-threatening blood clots is so low. Study after study has shown that fewer than 1 in 4 people have any recognition of blood clots or their signs and symptoms.
Without this recognition, people may not receive help until it is too late.
Blood clots are deadly, but they can also be prevented simply by knowing – and sharing – information.
BCAM provides a special time to highlight essential information about blood clot risks, signs and symptoms, and prevention. In a digital world that is packed with a never-ending stream of information, BCAM carves out a space dedicated to discussions that can undoubtedly raise awareness about the impact of blood clots, and in turn produce life-saving results.
Causes of Blood Clots
Blood clots can form if you don’t move around a lot. You may also get a blood clot if you:
Have had recent surgery.
Are 65 or older.
Take hormones, especially for birth control. (Ask your doctor about this).
Have had cancer or are being treated for it.
Have broken a bone (hip, pelvis, or leg).
Have a bad bump or bruise.
Are confined to bed or a chair much of the time.
Have had a stroke or are paralyzed.
Have a special port the doctor put in your body to give you medicine.
Have varicose (VAR-e-kos) or bad veins.
Have heart trouble.
Have had a blood clot before.
Have a family member who has had a blood clot.
Have taken a long trip (more than an hour) in a car, airplane, bus, or train.
Symptoms of a Blood Clot
You may have a blood clot if you see or feel:
New swelling in your arm or leg.
Soreness or pain in your arm or leg.
A warm spot on your leg.
Blood clots can be dangerous. Blood clots that form in the veins in your legs, arms, and groin can break loose and move to other parts of your body, including your lungs. A blood clot in your lungs is called a pulmonary embolism (POOL-mo-nar-e EM-bo-liz-em). If this happens, your life can be in danger. Go to the emergency room or call 911.
A blood clot may have gone to your lungs if you suddenly have:
A hard time breathing.
A fast heartbeat.
A mild fever.
A cough, with or without blood.
Preventing Blood Clots
You can help prevent blood clots if you:
Wear loose-fitting clothes, socks, or stockings.
Raise your legs 6 inches above your heart from time to time.
Wear special stockings (called compression stockings) if your doctor prescribes them.
Do exercises your doctor gives you.
Change your position often, especially during a long trip.
Do not stand or sit for more than 1 hour at a time.
Eat less salt.
Try not to bump or hurt your legs and try not to cross them.
Do not use pillows under your knees.
Raise the bottom of your bed 4 to 6 inches with blocks or books.
Take all medicines the doctor prescribes you..