CLOTTING AROUND BY: CHRISTIAN MIKE SIMMONS

CLOTTING AROUND

 

Blood clots.

A serious health risk.

Today we will be going over this threat and what we can do about them.

How does the blood clotting process go?

  • Little chunks of matter from in the blood when your blood vessels become These chunks are called platelets.

 

  • These platelets rush to the aid of the damaged vessel, bandage it up, and in turn, prevent too much blood leaving the vessel.

 

  • Once these platelets save the injured vessel, they emit proteins that attract other platelets. With the extra platelets, the cluster forms a kind of catcher’s mitt.

 

  • Other proteins in your body notice this platelet conspiracy and make sure that the cluster doesn’t get out of hand.

 

  • Once the damaged vessel has healed, the proteins dissolve and the cluster is no more.

 

What causes the clots to form?

  • Believe it or not, blood is actually quite intelligent. As the blood flows through the arteries, they sense damage wherever the damage may lie.

 

  • Plaque in your arteries can come open and cause the blood to clot as well. In fact, most of the heart attacks that come about are caused when plaque in the arteries burst.

 

  • Another way these blood clots can form is from the lazy When blood does not flow properly, it can lazily build up in a type of pool. This pool encourages all the platelets swimming in it to come together. This brings a host of medical issues. If the gathering happens near the heart, a heart attack can happen. If it happens in an artery near the brain, a Thrombotic Stroke may occur.

 

 

What are the symptoms to look out for if I suspect I have a blood clot?

 

  • unexplained swelling
  • discoloration on your skin
  • pain and tenderness
  • a sudden warming sensation

 

Can we stop this clotting?

 

There are medications we can take that stop the clotting process.

Below is a list of medicines of “platelet party poopers””

  • Low-dose Aspirin
  • Plavix
  • Brilinta
  • Effient
  • Ticlid

These medicines stop the platelets from calling other platelets to hang out with them.

To stop the blood from clotting, you can take blood thinners. Below is a list of some blood thinners you can take.

  • Equius
  • Pradaxa
  • Xarelto

 

There is also another drug that can help and it has a very long, technical, medical name. It’s called tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA.

This drug calls upon and instructs a protein to break down the clot.

Are there any medical issues that can cause the blood to clot?

Glad you asked.

When you do not have the proper amount of proteins in your body that stop clots from forming, it leaves you defenseless against them.

Now that we know about these clots, what can we do to prevent them being a hazard to our health?

Stop the Clot:

  • Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar: Keep on top of them. Keep them under control. Keep checking them.
  • Smoking, Drinking, Drug Use: Stop them all.
  • Exercise: A lazy body runs with lazy blood and lazy blood breeds clots like still water breeds mosquitos

 

As with any medical issue, forewarned is forearmed.

If you suspect you may have a blood clot, or if you experience any of these symptoms, SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY.

As always: Take care of your body and it will take care of you.

 

 

 

 

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