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If you have a blood clot somewhere in your body, how would you know if you had one? Are there symptoms? Or will you just one day have a heart attack? Also how does a doctor discover one?
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Depends on where the clot is and how big it is.

If the clot is big, you might find out the, err ... umm, hard way (heart attack or stroke). If the clot is small, it might block a few capillaries. You'd know this because it would ache and maybe discolor.

How can a doctor tell if you have a clot. Well, there's radioactive dye injection. But that's pretty serious and isn't done unless there's strong reason to think there's a big clot somewhere (like the brain).

A lot of times, it's hard to tell until after the fact.

So if oyu think you are prone to clots or just have habits that would make you prone to them, definitely have a word with your doc.

and cel, since you're on the Pill, if you haven't stopped smoking(sorry, left that word out last time) already, you oughtta try really hard to quit to minimize your risk of clots.

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The blood clot in my right calf was discovered by doppler ultrasound imaging. I was getting muscle spasms in the calf muscle which encouraged the doctor to look for a clot. Clots are usually treated with low molecular weight heparin (Fragmin) administered sub-cutaneously or by sodium warfarin (Coumadin) which is taken orally as a pill. Neither drug actually works on the clot. They simply make the clot stop growing and prevent other clots from forming. Once on the medication, your own body functions will absorb and destroy the clot.

I just came off sodium warfarin on Feb. 11 and ultrasound show no remaining evidence of the clot.

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