Could You Have Thrombophilia and Not Even Know It?
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It is entirely possible to have Thrombophilia and have no knowledge of it. Thrombophilia marks an abnormal coagulation of blood in the body which can increase the risk of thrombosis (blood clots).
Thrombophilia can be hereditary or acquired. Heredity comes from a genetic predisposition passed down in the DNA from generation to generation while acquired can be related directly to long periods of inactivity such as bed rest after a surgery or during an illness, post-trauma to a leg or even an incidence of cancer.
This disorder is only checked for through lab work if a patient has recurrent blood clots or a major clot before age 40.
Treatment for thrombophilia is done with the use of anticoagulants. This is often thought of as thinning the blood. What it actually does is introduce certain chemicals into the blood to help stop clots from forming. It slows down the clotting process. It will not, however, dissolve a clot.
Anticoagulants are given via injection mainly but can also be administered in tablet form. It is advisable if you have had a clot – in order to prevent another one from occurring, are at an elevated risk for developing a clot, or if you are going to be immobile for a period of time such as bed rest during pregnancy or after surgery.
Avoiding dehydration helps to prevent clots from forming as well as keeping yourself active, walking, bending and moving daily. It is important to be aware of the signs of a blood clot and seek medical attention immediately if you suspect that you may have one.
Symptoms of a blood clot can include:
-Exhaustion for now reason
-Varicose veins, redness or inflammation of a leg
-Having a hard time breathing
-Fast heart rate
-Bloody mucus from a cough
-Leg turning blue or grey and becoming cold
Whether you have Thrombophilia or not a blood clot can be serious. If you notice signs or symptoms go directly to the ER or call 911. To be tested for this or other venous issues visit www.tampacardio.com in the Tampa, Florida area or call them at 813-975-2800.
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