A deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is more commonly referred to as a blood clot. A blood clot occurs when there is an accumulation (clot) of blood in one of the many deep veins in our body. Blood clots are considered to be a major concern, according to the Mayo Clinic. Once a clot forms; it can become detached from the vein, move through the bloodstream, and end up in the lungs. A blood clot can impair the lung from properly functioning once it has entered them. A blood clot can form in any vein in our body such as the arm. It is important for a person to be aware of the symptoms that are linked to a blood clot in the arm. By being familiar with these symptoms one can observe signals that alert them to a need for medical attention.
A blood clot can be either arterial or venous. A venous blood clot will restrict the flow of blood that goes back to the heart. By doing so it can cause symptoms like redness, swelling, and a feeling of warmth alongside pain in the area that has been affected. An arterial blood clot will hamper the blood flow in the area affected. Tissue will start to die because the lack of blood means a lack in oxygen being supplied to it. Symptoms such as pain, stroke, heart attack, and a loss of function can manifest as a result. If we use the upper arm as an example of the affected area; we would see that the arm would appear white, would lose sensation, and possibly become paralyzed. These symptoms need to be taken care of in their early stages. To ignore them could lead to more severe symptoms like skin lesions, blisters on the arm, a darkening of the skin, and sometimes even shedding (sloughing) of the skin.
Developing a blood clot in one’s arm after having surgery is a common problem that most people will experience. Our body’s clotting process seems to become stimulated post-surgery. It is possible for this to happen within a few hours, a couple of weeks, or even a few months after one has had surgery.
Treatments for blood clot in the arm
A physician will generally prescribe medications like Heparin and Warfarin. Taking a blood thinner alongside this can help to prevent blood clots from forming. It is advisable to seek professional guidance from your doctor however, before using any type of medication.
Another way to deal with blood clots are through the use of home remedies. This is a safe way for dealing with blood clots that should be considered. One way to treat the condition is by using tea of yarrow leaves. Having 3-4 garlic cloves a day is known to lower the likelihood of blood clots forming; it also helps to thin the blood.
To increase the body’s ability to break down a blood clot, it is advised that exercises like walking briskly or jogging be done daily. Keeping well hydrated with water can also deter blood clots from forming because it keeps the blood from becoming too thick.
Having a high fiber diet is another known way to keep the blood from becoming too thick. Foods such as vegetables, fruit, seeds, raw nuts, legumes, and whole grains should be added to your daily diet. Also, any foods that are a rich source of vitamin E such as corn, peanuts, almonds, walnuts, and sunflower seeds make a healthy addition. These too work to thin the blood which in turn will help prevent blood clotting. Serious diseases caused by blood clotting can also be prevented as well.
There are times when a life threatening situation could arise through a vital organ, like the heart and lungs, being affected as a consequence of a blood clot developing. This is why it is important to not disregard these symptoms should you experience them. It is best to go for immediate medical assistance as soon as you are able to. Two very effective ways to keep blood clots from forming are through regular exercise and a healthy balanced diet.