It is often discovered that when a person has a blood clot they also have high blood pressure. This leads many people to believe that blood clots which can cause conditions such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) may also cause high blood pressure, but the reverse actually happens. High blood pressure causes blood clots.

How Does High Blood Pressure Cause Blood Clots?

In a healthy individual, arteries are strong and flexible with an inner lining that is so smooth it allows blood to flow freely throughout the body. When an individual suffers from high blood pressure, the blood travels throughout the body at a higher speed and pressure than is normal. The blood flowing at this higher speed and pressure can cause damage to the walls and lining of the arteries.

Once the arteries are damaged, there is a high risk that blood clots will form. Blood clots can develop in damaged arteries because the lining isn’t smooth. When fats, which come from the foods you eat, enter your bloodstream they can catch on the unsmooth surface and accumulate which narrows the arteries.

Over time, the narrow arteries prevent or limit blood flow throughout the body. Limiting or preventing the blood from flowing freely throughout the body eventually leads to blood clots.

Know the Symptoms of a Blood Clot

The symptoms you experience from a blood clot will depend on the size of the clot and the location of the clot. Some people may experience no symptoms at all, while others experience multiple symptoms.

Some of the symptoms of a blood clot include:

  • Swelling and tenderness in the area of the clot
  • Unexplained pain near the vein or artery
  • An overall warm feeling or sensation in the leg or arm where the clot is forming
  • Discoloration of the skin
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Swelling of the abdomen
  • Sudden shortness of breath
  • Lightheaded feeling
  • Chest pains
  • Coughing up blood
  • A severe headache that is accompanied by difficulty speaking or vision problems

Schedule an Immediate Medical Evaluation at a Vein Clinic if You Suspect a Blood Clot

If you suspect a blood clot has formed it is important that you schedule an appointment for an immediate medical evaluation. Failure to seek immediate medical attention could result in the clot breaking off and traveling through the bloodstream where it gets stuck in the lungs or heart.

When you have a medical evaluation for a blood clot, your doctor will conduct an examination, ask questions about your symptoms, and order a series of tests that typically include blood work and an ultrasound. The information obtained during the evaluation will help your doctor come up with a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Think you may have a blood clot that is causing DVT or other health problems? Call Siragusa Vein & Laser, a vein clinic located in Nashville, today to schedule your appointment for a free blood clot screening.

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