Blood clotting, is not always a bad thing in case of a cut, but blood clots in your body can be very dangerous, and even fatal. A clot can form in your leg and travel to your lungs, often fatal. Clots kill about 100,000 people a year. If you are overweight, you have more of a risk of clots, and obesity, encourages you to sit because it is harder to move around, creating even more of an opportunity to get a blood clot. Smokers, have an increased chance for clots and heart attacks. People with infections, clots can be a warning sign of cancer. If you are immobile, whether it is in a hospital bed, on a trip, or in tight places, due to your profession, you need to get up and move, at least every 4 hours. People who have a family history, are more susceptible to clots. The chances of getting another clot after the first one, is 33% within ten years. Blood clots could be considered a chronic disease rather than just an episode at this point.
- Blood clots are good when they perform the function they are supposed to, like sealing a cut so that you do not bleed out.
- Blood clots can be dangerous if they dislodge and get caught somewhere they aren’t supposed to, like a blood vessel leading to the brain, heart, or lungs.
- DVT’s and PE’s kill more people each year than breast cancer and auto accidents combined.
“While anyone can get a clot in the wrong place at the wrong time, some people may be especially vulnerable—including those who fall into one or more of the following categories.”