While this is a beneficial blood clot, clots that form within the veins and arteries are potentially dangerous.
We live in a largely sedentary world. In days long past, people would have to hunt or gather their food, actively seeking out plants and animals to consume. More recently, farming was the only way to obtain our daily bread. With the advent of shopping malls and grocery stores, obtaining necessities was made easier, but one still had to get up and move. Now, online shopping has largely supplanted the need to get up to do practically anything. Online services can have your prescriptions filled, your shoes shipped, even your groceries delivered right to your door. Time and effort is saved, but a problem has been exacerbated: blood clots.
The Causes of Blood Clots
Blood clots are formed when the body responds to damage. The most common is the formation of a scab in response to a cut on the skin. The blood coagulates, preventing further bleeding and facilitating the formation of new skin cells. While this is a beneficial blood clot, clots that form within the veins and arteries are potentially dangerous.
Internal blood clots can form for many different reasons. If one has been sitting for a prolonged period of time, a deep vein thrombosis, or blood clot in one of the deep veins of the body, can form in the legs. A genetic autoimmune disorder called antiphospholipid syndrome, or sticky blood, causes the body to attack otherwise beneficial or benign proteins in the body, causing blood clots to form. Regardless of the cause of the clot, they can be potentially dangerous. If a clot travels to the heart or lungs, it can cause breathing problems or even a heart attack. If it travels to the brain, it can even cause a stroke. Particularly dangerous blood clots can be treated quickly with surgery, but a doctor must catch the clot in time. If the diagnosis is delayed, malpractice becomes a prime issue.
The Tests for Blood Clots
Blood clots are easily detectable. The symptoms of a potentially dangerous blood clot are shortness of breath, sudden chest pain, sudden body numbness in the torso and arms, and headache, amongst others. Once these symptoms present themselves, tests can be run to determine if a blood clot is the culprit. An ultrasound would show evidence of a dangerous blood clot. A CT scan of the head or chest would also reveal the presence of a blood clot.
A Current Problem
Blood clots are currently in the news. A 26-year-old pediatrician, complaining of a headache spell that lasted 10 days, lost her life after doctors allegedly failed to order a test for a blood clot until she had been admitted to the hospital for 40 hours. A 31-year-old man recovered from deep vein thrombosis after playing video games for eight hours a day, over four days.
Contact a Chicago Medical Malpractice Attorney
The danger from blood clots is real, and a doctor has a duty to administer tests to detect and treat them. If a doctor fails to do this, they may be liable for the injuries in a medical malpractice lawsuit. An experienced and knowledgeable attorney can investigate the record, establish the doctor’s fault, and pursue the compensation you need. If you have been injured by medical malpractice, contact Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166 for a free consultation.
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