Hillary Clinton has had her fair share of health problems in the past month. Clinton came down with the stomach virus in December and then fainted at the State Department in Washington and suffered a concussion. Add to that, doctors found a blood clot in her brain while doing a follow-up on her concussion.
So what does the U.S. Secretary of State’s blood clot mean for you? When high profile people, such as Hillary Clinton suffer from a health issue, it is a good time to get the news out about what you can do to about the same disorder. In this case, you can learn how to prevent blood clots, understand the risk factors, and know the treatment options – since many people will be following Clinton and her recovery.
Blood Clots: Are You At Risk?
Hillary Clinton had at least two of the risk factors for blood clots; being over the age of 60 and suffering from a recent injury. Other factors that may put you more at risk for developing a blood clot include; sitting for long periods of time or being on bed rest, having a family history of blood clots, having cancer, heart failure, or inflammatory bowel disease, having a pacemaker, taking hormone replacement therapy pills or birth control pills, smoking, and being overweight or obese can all increase your chances of having a blood clot, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Blood Clot Symptoms
Symptoms will vary depending on where the clot is located: When the clot is located in the heart, symptoms can mimic a heart attack, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, pain down the left arm, and sweating. When a clot is located in the brain, the patient may experience trouble seeing, and have seizures, weakness, and speech impairment. A clot that develops in the leg or arm will cause sudden pain and swelling, while symptoms of a clot in the lung include shortness of breath, sharp chest pain, fever, coughing up blood, a fast pulse, and sweating. When you have an abdominal blood clot, you may experience vomiting, diarrhea, and severe pain.
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