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Blood Clot Symptoms and Treatment Advice from the Mayo Clinic

What should you do if you develop a blood clot?

According to the Mayo Clinic, the answer to that question depends on the severity of your situation.

Relatively inconsequential blood clots in the small veins near the surface of the skin may cause localized redness, pain and swelling, but present no significant danger.

On the other extreme is deep vein thrombosis, characterized by blood clots forming inside larger, deeper veins. The clots associated with deep vein thrombosis can migrate to the brain, heart or lungs, with debilitating or deadly consequences.

The Mayo Clinic recommends that you seek emergency care if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Pressure, fullness, or a squeezing pain in the center of your chest lasting more than a few minutes
  • Pain extending to your shoulder, arm, back, teeth, or jaw
  • Sudden weakness or numbness of your face, arm, or leg
  • Sudden difficulty speaking or understanding speech (aphasia)
  • Sudden blurred, double, or decreased vision

The clinic recommends that you consult your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Swelling, redness, numbness, or pain in a leg or arm
  • Intense burning or throbbing on your palms or soles
  • Chronic headache or dizziness

The Mayo Clinic identifies the use of oral contraceptives as a risk factor in developing blood clots. But some types of birth control pills come with higher risks than others. Several studies show that Beyaz, Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella, and other birth control pills containing the compound drospirenone are more likely to cause blood clots, pulmonary embolism, and stroke than other birth control drugs. Talk to your doctor before making changes to your medications.

If you experienced a blood clot while on Beyaz, contact Lopez McHugh for a free consultation.