There are many reasons why a blood clot may form within one of your arteries or veins. These risk factors include remaining in a cramped or immobile position for long periods of time, smoking, surgery and post-surgery, inherited disorders, physical trauma, medical conditions such as high blood pressure or cholesterol, and even some medications.
If you think you may be at risk due to any of the known factors then it is important to know what the warning signs are and how to spot them early enough to avoid further complications. However, this list of blood clot symptoms should not be used as a replacement for medical advice from a professional. When in doubt, seek help from your doctor or see a specialist.
It is also important to note that the symptoms you may experience will depend on the location of the clot in the body, and some clots may show no warning signs at all before it ruptures or moves to other parts of the body.
1. Feeling of Increased Heat in Affected Area
Sometimes a blood clot will make the skin at or near the affected area feel hotter than elsewhere – you can actually feel a difference with your hand. This is more apparent when dealing with a clot in the leg, which is quite common, as opposed to other areas of the body in which the symptoms are much harder to recognize at an early stage.
This feeling of increased heat at the site of the clot is usually only experienced over a small area of skin. So, you may be able to notice just a small patch of warm skin by slowly moving your hand around your leg or focusing on the area in which you have noticed other symptoms.
Other symptoms associated with the feeling of warm skin include an itchy sensation or throbbing. These sensations will most likely increase in severity over the course of hours or days and will not simply go away if not treated by a professional.