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Common Causes for Blood Clots

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Updated: 12 Oct 2023
Published: 17 Jun 2019
Common Causes for Blood Clots

The human blood flows through the blood vessels (arteries and veins), and it is constantly in action as the heart pumps blood through arteries to the different areas (organs, glands, cells etc.) of the body. Without the motion, the blood has a propensity to stagnate by gravity, and stagnant blood has the propensity to clot.

Sometimes, clotting is important so as to prevent excessive bleeding if one gets injured or cut. But, when a blood clot blocks the blood flow to the important areas in the body, it can be harmful and even deadly. There many areas in the body such as arms, legs, abdomen (stomach), heart, lungs, brain, and kidneys where blood clots can occur.

When a blood clot takes place in an artery, it’s known as an arterial clot. This type of clot causes symptoms immediately and requires emergency treatment. The symptoms of an arterial clot may include severe pain, paralysis of parts of the body, or both. It can even lead to a heart attack or stroke.

There are two different forms of blood clots. These may include clots that stay in place and do not move, which are called thrombosis. These break away from the spot where they are developed and they try to move to different areas inside the body these are called embolism. Depending on what the clot has blocked or where it has moved, blood clots can be fatal.


The symptoms of a blood clot depend upon where the clot that is there inside the body.

Blood clot in the heart:

  • Chest pain or heaviness
  • Discomfort in other parts of the upper body
  • Excessive sweating
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Light-headedness
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath

Blood clot in the brain:

  • Difficulty in speaking or understanding the speech
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Sudden and severe headache
  • Vision problems
  • Weakness in the face, arms or legs

Blood clot in the arm or leg:

  • Irritation and warmness
  • Sudden or continuous pain
  • Unexpected weakness in the arm or leg
  • Swelling
  • Sensitivity

Blood clot in the lung:

  • Coughing up blood
  • Difficulty while breathing
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Sharp chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating & fever

Blood clot in the abdomen:

  • Diarrhea
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Vomiting

Early diagnosis and timely treatment can help in better outcomes so as to have fewer complications. So, if you or any your family members have noticed any signs & symptoms of blood clots in the body areas, it’s time you book a full body health check-up plans from PathKind. It’s easy & convenient, just find a lab near you, book a check-up for you & your family and get doorstep reports & test delivery.

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