Blood clotting occurs when blood platelets and plasma proteins work together to prevent excessive bleeding in the human body. This is an important function because, without blood coagulation, people would not heal after a wound or injury. However, like many necessary bodily functions, blood clotting can malfunction and cause harm. According to the American Society of Hematology, life-threatening blood clots--called deep-vein thrombosis (DVT)--are the kinds of clots that travel though the veins of the legs and arms of the body. In addition to health problems, long car and airplane rides cause this condition in travelers. If vacationers begin feeling ill after a long trip, they should be aware of the symptoms of a blood clot traveling in the body.
Leg and Arm Problems
The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute Diseases and Conditions index states that multiple symptoms of a blood clot traveling in the body manifest themselves in the arms and legs. These limb problems include swelling in the veins of the legs, pain or tenderness felt when standing or walking, warmth around the inflamed areas of the legs, and red skin on the legs.
According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, many people may not realize that they are suffering from a blood clot traveling in the body until they experience a pulmonary embolism. Pulmonary embolisms cause people to become short of breath, experience pain when breathing, cough up blood, and have rapid breathing. If people feel these symptoms after spending a long time sitting down, they should head to the nearest medical facility.
A major symptom of a blood clot traveling in the body include problems affecting the heart, according to the American Society of Hematology. People begin feeling sharp chest pains, pains radiating down the left arm similar to a heart attack, sweating, fever and a rapid pulse. These symptoms indicate that blood clots are causing coronary problems; people need immediate medical attention to break up clots to avoid a fatality.
Symptoms of a blood clot traveling in the body that affect the heart and lungs may be easy to identify; however, people can also experience problems with brain and neurological functions. When the nervous system is affected by a blood clot, people experience vision problems, weakness, seizures and speech problems. Blocked arteries to the brain can lead to a stroke.
According to the American Society of Hematology, when a blood clot is traveling in the body, people can have abdominal problems. Because blocked arteries restrict blood flow to all areas of the body, blood does not reach the abdominal region. The symptoms affecting the stomach include severe pain, vomiting or bloody bowel movements, or diarrhea.
Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University.