Blood Clots in Lungs Symptoms, Treatment and Natural Remedies
When a blood clot occurs in the lungs, it is known as a pulmonary embolism and is very serious condition. Most often, the clot has moved to the lung from another area of the body. Typically, a pulmonary embolism results from a DVT (deep vein thrombosis) that has occurred in the legs and has migrated up into the lungs, much in the same way that clots travel up into the brain and cause strokes or into the heart and cause heart attacks. Blood clots in lungs can be life threatening and require emergency medical attention.
Blood clot symptoms related to those occurring in the lungs include wheezing and sweating. Additionally, some changes to the skin can also occur. The skin can take on a bluish tint and the sensation of the skin can change also and it can become clammy. A sudden cough that produces sputum may be present, and this cough may occur suddenly. Pain in the chest and shortness of breath can also occur with blood clots in lungs, and these are some of the first symptoms that present that alert sufferers to head to the nearest emergency medical facility. An increase in heart rate and rapid breathing may also occur, but it is also not uncommon for the pulse to weaken and the blood pressure to drop in the event of a pulmonary embolism.
Emergency treatment is often employed for a blood clot in the lung and often begins with thrombolytic therapy. This type of treatment refers to the use of medicines that can help to break up the existing clot. Eminase and Retavase are some of the drugs most commonly used for this indication, and they are administered via an IV or delivered as close to the clot as possible via injection. Following the emergency treatment of thrombolytic therapy, sufferers are often required to use oral blood thinning medications. These are not necessarily used for blood clot treatment, but are more preventative in nature, reducing the risk for recurrent clots.
There are some natural options to consider reducing the risk of blood clots in lungs, but they are not suitable for treatment of same. Many foods and herbs are considered to be natural blood thinners and are useful to help prevent clots in numerous ways. For instance, grapes, blueberries and pomegranates are all considered natural blood thinning foods, and incorporating them into a healthy diet regularly can contribute to a reduced risk of clots. And, there are also herbs to consider for blood thinning benefits too. Ginger and turmeric are thought of as herbs that may be able to thin the blood naturally, thanks to their content of vitamin K blocking salicylates. This mechanism of action reduces the effects of vitamin K, which the body uses to promote blood coagulation. Garlic is an herb that is considered a potent cardiovascular ally and is not only a natural means to thin the blood, it also reduces blood pressure, too.
Other alternative treatment options include reducing some of the risk factors that can be some of the biggest blood clot causes. For instance, stopping smoking (which can thicken the blood and make it sticky) can make a huge impact on the blood’s susceptibility to clot. And, since immobility is one of the most common blood clot causes and a precursor to many cases of blood clots in lungs that have migrated upward, increasing activity and moving around when possible as well as changing positions in the case of conditions that restrict mobility can be very important. People who have blood clotting disorders can also benefit from these healthful lifestyle changes. And, while they will not be able to eliminate the underlying cause of clots in these cases, they can greatly reduce additional risk from smoking and immobility.
Clogged arteries can also potentially lead to blood clots in lungs and there are both medicinal treatment options as well as herbal considerations for reducing the risk of clots from this cause. Enzymes that are found in certain fruits like papayas and pineapples are thought to be effective at counteracting clogged arteries, and thereby can potentially reduce the risk of clots caused from narrowed arterial pathways.
It is very important to understand that blood clots in lungs are considered a medical emergency and should be treated as such. Medical attention should be sought immediately if any signs or symptoms of clots in this area are encountered. Prompt treatment and intervention are essential to the successful prognosis of clots in the lungs. While there are natural options available to help thin the blood, they are not suitable for treatment and should only be considered for preventative purposes and only after a consultation with a health care provider for safety reasons. It is possible that many of the potent natural options for thinning the blood may interfere with some medications, especially those that are used for blood thinning. Therefore it is critical that their use be discussed with a doctor before hand. With swift identification of symptoms, prompt treatment and adequate after care, people who have experienced blood clots in lungs can continue on to lead normal and healthy lives. However, serious complications can occur, making the need for medical care even more important.