(Foreword: This is the continuation of our response to Pompee of Hagonoy on his query on the symptoms of blood clots.)

Dear Pompee of Hagonoy,

Moving on... the worst scenario here is if it gets to your heart or lungs, you will have shortness of breath and you will have palpitations, become sweaty, and may even faint. If it is in the lungs, you will have a fast pulse, chest pain, bloody cough, and breathing problems. But, if it is in the heart, you might also feel nauseated and lightheaded along with chest pains.

Now, if the blood clots lodges in the brain, this can lead to stroke if the blockage is severe. This deprives the brain of oxygen and your brain cells can die in minutes. This can give you headaches, confusion, seizures, speech problems, and weakness, and sometimes this can be seen on just one side of the body.

If the clot is in your belly, you might have no symptoms at all, or you may poop or even vomit blood and your stool could be black and smell really bad.

If the clot gets to your kidneys, you might have no symptoms, unless a piece breaks off and gets to your lungs. You can also see blood in your urine and you could not be urinating as you should.

So should you suspect a blood clot, see your doctor right away or even get to the emergency room as soon as possible. Remember that this can be fatal, so move fast!

Good luck!

Dr. Fritz

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(Dr. Fritz Legarde Espedilla is an aesthetic dermatologist and surgeon and a clinical sexologist. She is also trained in hypnotherapy and Medical Acupuncture. She is the co-host of the digital page of SuperBalita. For your questions, you may send them to Dear Dr. Fritz, ℅ Sunstar-Davao Publishing Inc., Ebro-Pelayo Building 1, Juan Luna St., Davao City, or you e-mail them to dokfritz@yahoo.com. If you don’t wish your letter to be published, we regret that we cannot answer them. Thank you for your understanding.)