Minor Leg Injuries Can Lead to Deadly Blood Clots
A new study shows that even a so-called minor injury, like a sprained ankle or a pulled muscle increases your risk of potentially life-threatening clots by 8%.
Any injury in the legs that keeps you from moving around much can put you at increased risk. Most people don’t have much to worry about, but experts feel more people should be aware that minor injuries can result in clotting.
What do you look for? Swelling and pain beyond the original site of the injury could mean a clot has formed. In addition, pain in the chest or sudden feelings of shortness of breath might be symptoms of a clot. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor right away and get in for a check-up.
The Anti-Aging Bottom Line: If you injure your leg and it keeps you in bed or sitting around for several days, be aware that excess swelling, pain or shortness of breath could mean a blood clot that could have life-threatening consequences.
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Article updated on: February 27th, 2008