Blood clots are actually the body’s way to stop bleeding. The blood is changed from a liquid into a gel-like or semisolid state. If an individual is injured the platelets will produce chemicals that will form into a gel-like mass to prevent bleeding. However, when the clotting occurs inappropriately inside an artery and vein, blood flow is impeded which results in certain medical conditions. Furthermore, an immobile blood clot is less likely to cause any problems but when it breaks free and travels to certain parts of the body, such as the heart and the lungs, it can become a serious medical condition. In fact, it is considered a serious medical emergency.
The blood clot will form inside one of the veins and will not dissolve on its own. This can be dangerous and can be often fatal. If a clot forms in one of the major veins inside the body, it is called deep vein thrombosis or DVT. Although blood clot commonly forms in the lower legs, it can also occur in the arms, pelvis, lungs an even the brain.
When the blood clot forms in the lower legs, the following symptoms may be experienced:
- Pain and swelling
- There is a warm sensation
- Bluish discoloration
Since the symptoms will depend on the size of the blood clot, some individuals may experience two or more the symptoms listed above, while others don’t.
There are several factors that can increase the chances of an individual to form blood clots. These are:
- Age – the older you get the higher the chances of blood clot formation
- Some birth control pills
- Bed rest for long periods of time
If you experience any of the below symptoms, it is important that you call your local emergency services right away. These are:
- Sudden onset of shortness of breath
- Pressure on the chest
- Difficulty in breathing, seeing or speaking
If you think you are suffering from Blood Clots you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Blood Clots as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).