Dr Oz did a segment on Fatal Blood Clots. He started the segment by pricking his own finger to show how your blood goes from a liquid to something solid when it forms a Blood Clot. This bodily function helps us to survive, but if a Blood Clot happens in the wrong place, it can be fatal. Doctor Oz spoke about who is most at risk for Blood Clots and how you can help to protect yourself to prevent strokes and heart attacks from Blood Clots.
Dr Oz: How Blood Clots Can Kill You
Dr Oz said that if you look inside of a blood vessel, you will see blood flowing through along with platelets. If a cut forms, a scab begins to build itself out of these platelets and it gets larger and larger. This is a good thing if it happens when you fall down and scrapped your knee. However, if you are pregnant or just sitting around too much, then a Blood Clot can be fatal.
Dr Oz: Blood Clots & Pulmonary Aneurisms
Dr Oz said that when blood clots form in your legs, they can fly up into your lungs through a major vein in your belly and cause Pulmonary Aneurysms, which is the third most common cause of death in hospitalized patients. Dr Oz said that they worry about this whenever a patient is short of breath.
Dr Oz: Blood Clots & Stroke
If instead of getting a blood clot in your leg that travels to your lungs, you get a blood clot that goes from your heart to your brain, this can cause a Stroke.
Dr Oz: Blood Clot Causes
Dr Oz said that the two biggest causes for Blood Clots include:
Dr Oz: How to Prevent Blood Clots
Dr Oz said that you can help to prevent Blood Clots by doing the following:
1. Take 2 baby aspirins at night if you are over the age of 40
3. Never sit for too long. Stand up an move your legs at least once an hour to let the blood move around.