Obesity and Blood Clots
When you experience pain and numbness in one area of your body, you may suffer from a problem related to blood clots. These clots often form because of an injury that occurs to your vein, artery or blood vessel. Your body sends cells to the area to repair the damage, but those news cells may come together and form a clot. Though you may think that you are safe and that you’ll never need to worry about clots, the problem is extremely common in patients suffering from obesity.
Are You at Risk of Blood Clots?
Though clots can form in patients of all ages and both genders, the condition is more common in certain individuals. Those who smoke are more at risk of developing clots than almost anyone else. It’s also a common problem found in women who are pregnant, those who suffer from heart problems, patients who take birth control pills and other medications and those who are overweight. If you fall into one of these groups and notice some common symptoms, make an appointment at the Atlanta Vascular and Vein Center.
The problem with diagnosing blood clots is that these clots can present with little to no symptoms. If you experience a type of clot called a deep vein thrombosis in your lower leg, you may notice that you suffer from some inflammation or pain and that the leg itself appears bright pink or red. A clot may also make your skin appear several shades paler. Once the clot forms, it can travel through your veins to other areas of your body and make you experience symptoms that feel like you’re having a stroke. Stoke symptoms may include weakness or numbness on just one side, impaired vision and difficulty speaking. If you have a clot that forms in your intestines, you may feel sick to your stomach, have cramps and notice blood in your urine or feces. Clots can also form in the lungs, brain or chest.
As there is a link between obesity and blood clots, Dr. Amish Tilara recommends that patients prevent their risk of a clot forming and seek treatment for symptoms relating to clots. Losing just 10% of your total body weight can significantly reduce your risk of a clot forming and help you get down to a healthy weight that also reduces your risk of other health conditions forming. At the Atlanta Vascular and Vein Center, Dr. Tilara offers treatments for patients suffering from obesity and clots, including prescription medications and thrombosis medication to dissolve clots in the lower legs.
Dr. Amish Tilara treats patients at the Atlanta Vascular and Vein Center but offers appointments for those living in Lawrenceville, GA and all surrounding areas. While you should never use this article as a replacement for a visit with your own doctor, those living in Grayson, Buford, Duluth, Dacula, Suwanee, Snellville, Liburn, Norcross and all surrounding areas can make an appointment to speak with Dr. Amish Tilara directly today.
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