Blood Clots

Monday, August 15, 2016

Blood clots stop bleeding, but they can also form in the body when theyre not needed. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about blood clots in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Blood clots are gel-like clumps of blood. They are beneficial when they form in response to an injury or a cut, plugging the injured blood vessel, which stops bleeding.

Some blood clots form inside your veins without a good reason and dont dissolve naturally. These may require medical attention, especially if they are in your legs or are in more critical locations, such as your lungs and brain. A number of conditions can cause this type of blood clot.

Once these clots form, they can travel to other parts of your body, causing harm. Factors and conditions that can cause troublesome blood clots, as well as serious conditions that are associated with blood clots, include developing swelling, redness or pain on an arm or leg.

To reduce your risk of developing blood clots, try these tips:

Avoid sitting for long periods.

Move.

Make changes in your lifestyle. Lose weight, lower high blood pressure, stop smoking and exercise regularly.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.