Patient discussion about Blood Clots

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Q. What causes blood clots?

My father had a heart attack which was caused by a blood clot. Am I at risk for developing blood clots too? How do I prevent it from happening?
A1I found a website that checks your risks for inheriting your family's illness, including blood clots. They have a test you can do which is called "Free Risk Assessment for Thrombophilia":
http://www.dnadirect.com/patients/tests/blood_clotting/more_about/GH_Thr_Risk.jsp
A2If your Father has a history of blood clots, you might have inherited thrombophilia (a predisposition for blood clotting). Also, the older you get the risks for developing blood clots, increases.
In order to prevent blood clots, it is important to reduce or quit smoking and to control high blood pressure. High cholesterol levels also present a risk for blood clots and may be checked by your doctor. A healthy diet and regular exercise also help to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Q. How can I prevent blood clots?

I am 45 years old and am supposed to go on a business trip overseas. The flight itself is 12 hours long and then I have to continue traveling by bus. Could this cause me to have blood clots? If so, how can I prevent it?
A1Always walk as much as you can on the plane. Also, rotate your ankels in circles. Sometimes try to use your ankels and make the alphabet with them. Have fun..
A2i am 48 & have a history of deep thrombosis. cause by alot of things but never travling,flying, or other activies as such.
A3Sitting or laying in one position for a long period of time can increase the risk of developing DVT- deep vein thrombosis. Here are some methods to prevent it:
Exercise your calf and foot muscles regularly:
Every half hour or so, bend and straighten your legs, feet and toes when you are seated.
Press the balls of your feet down hard against the floor or foot-rest every so often. This helps to increase the blood flow in your legs
Take a walk up and down the aisle every hour or so, when the aircraft crew say it is safe to do so.
If you are allowed, get off the plane and walk about if the plane stops for refueling.
Consider buying a leg exerciser for the journey.
Drink plenty of water (to avoid dehydration).
Do not drink too much alcohol. (Alcohol can cause dehydration and immobility.)
Do not take sleeping tablets, which cause immobility.
Consider wearing compression stockings.
Some people at high risk may also be advised to take anticoagulant medication by their Dr.

Q. very dark blood clots @ first sight of period?

At first sight of period, instead of normal rosy spotting it's brownish spotting followed by small clots.
A1totally agree with hottie, most likely that will be in normal range of variation. unless you feel some unusual pain, then you need to find medical advice. but it is also suggested for you to go to your ob-gyn doctor for a regular checkup anyway.
stay healthy always..
A2Hi, I don't know if I can be much help, but I had a similar problem in my mid-forties and went to my family doctor who right away refered me to a Gynecologist. Some abnormal cells were detected and it was called Dysplasia of the Cervix. It was a pre-cancerous condition that needed to be taken care of right away.
I went in to Day Surgery, and had a D & C. The cells were removed and checked - NO CANCER. I have regular Paps done, once a year and so far, many years later, I am fine. So the moral of the story is GO TO YOUR DOCTOR RIGHT AWAY AND GET IT CHECKED OUT. It may be nothing like my case but it's not worth your ignoring it. GO and put your mind at ease.
A3Hi Bonbolong.. I just need to ask you a few questions before I feel I can answer you to the best of my ability..Are you now, or have you ever been on birth control pills? How old are you? Have your periods always been like this? When I was young I had so many problems with my periods I wanted a hysterecomy. Of course at 14 years ols, my doctor wouldnt listen..LOL.. I would call your doctor just so he/she can assure you that you are ok..You said your blood was a browish color, I wouldnt worry about that, it is when the blood is black that means something is going on. DOnt worry abou t the clots, that is normal. Like I said, I had many problems when I was young, in fact my GYN had me on birth control at 14 years old. I hope I helped a little, but please get in touch with your doctor, it is amazing how much better you will feel when you find out you are fine

Shirley

Q. i have a small blood clot above my heart that bother me dome times.

i also have had bypass sugary this past march, my heart doctor says it has nothing to do with my heart, has anyone else had this problem and if so what or how have you dealt with it?
A1the heart doctor says it is so small that right now they cannot do any thing about ,but are trying to cure it with meds but so far it is not working
A2laddie, my uncle had something similar (i think so anyway) but i'm not sure i understand what you mean by "above the heart" ? by uncle had a blood clot that was formed in the heart arteries and he had to a procedure and open it up. but you'll need to give me more info...

Q. Are long flights dangerous?

I'm flying next week to my vacation, and the flight is going to be rather long (almost 16 hours non-stop). Several years ago, my 75 years-old aunt had blood clot in her lung after a flight of similar length. I also heard that during flight the blood in the legs clots and that it can cause after that problems with the lungs and breathing. Does this mean it's dangerous for me to fly? Should I change my ticket to shorter connection flights?
A1Do other relatives of yours have blood clotting problems too, like your aunt? You should tell a doctor about the problem your aunt had and ask if it's genetic.
A2Long flights, especially when seating in crowded cabins without moving the legs for long periods can cause the blood in you legs to clot and after that to move to your lungs and damage them. You may try to move your legs during the flights (like getting up and walking a little etc.) This video has some suggestions:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=_mte4WsVZUk
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