How are Blood Clots Formed?
Blood clots are a severe danger few understand. Simply knowing the risk and actively trying to prevent a blood clot can someday save your life. Blood clots can be formed in several different ways. There is not always a reasonable explanation as to why a blood clot forms, but certain conditions or lifestyle choices can increase your risk. The first major cause of a clot is prolonged immobility. Sitting or laying in a position for a long period of time can lead to clotting. If on a long trip or bedridden due to illness, make sure to stretch and move those muscles. For bedridden people, prolonged catheter use can lead to clots as well. Circulation is key. Next, those who are about to or have recently given birth have a high risk of clotting, especially in the pelvis or legs. A growing uterus can slow blood flow to the heart. Also, keep in mind that certain hormone therapy is also known to increase blood clot potential. Things like estrogen and progesterone can increase clotting factors. Make sure to talk to a doctor about the risks of hormonal contraception as well. Being informed is really the best preventative medicine.
Dehydration has also been known to play a part in blood clots. When you have taken in enough water, the blood flow in your body flows efficiently.The optimal time for a clot to form is when the body is severely dehydrated. Staying hydrated is always important and should always be a staple in a “Get Active, Be Healthy” lifestyle. Obesity and smoking cigarettes increase the chances of clotting as well. Basic care of your body, including light exercise daily, can go a long way.
Different medical conditions can lead to blood clots. Here are a couple of examples. Chances are if you have one of these extreme cases, then generally, you are already a CBD advocate.
Symptoms and Signs That You May Have a Blood Clot
The location of a forming clot can sometimes be determined by the symptoms you may feel. Clots in the stomach can produce severe gastrointestinal problems, leading to vomiting and diarrhea. If the clot is in your arm or leg, you will see pain and swelling to affected area. Tenderness and discoloration of the area of the potential blood clot can occur as well. Some less likely effects can happen if the clot goes untreated, such as having a rapid pulse consistently or a bloody cough.
If experiencing any of the following when being treated for a blood clot, call for emergency response immediately:
Impaired speech and vision
Chest pain/shortness of breath*
*In severe cases, a blood clot can reach the chest and lead to life threatening problems, such as a heart attack or stroke.
How can CBD help alleviate the effects of a blood clot?
Blood Flow to the Brain and Body
Some studies show that CBD can actually increase blood flow, which stimulates your brain. The faster blood is received to the brain, the faster your brain can respond. Whether for pain or for blood flow management, studies are suggesting that CBD shows potential in treating both!
Aiding in the Treatment of Endometriosis
Remember earlier when I mentioned hormone therapy? This is where that information can come into play. Endometriosis causes growths on the outside of the uterus. As you can imagine, this can make that time of the month all the more unbearable. Sufferers also often experience pain during and after sexual relations. Endometriosis can lead to painful blood clots in sensitive areas. CBD has been known to treat symptoms of endometriosis such as painful PMS, menstrual cramps, and pelvic pain. The choices for treatment for endometriosis are generally hormones, surgery, or opioids. CBD can potentially help aid symptoms of this disease, but always consult a doctor for the treatment plan that's right for you. Still not enough info on CBD and Hormones? Never fear, simply follow the link! 😊
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A stroke can potentially occur if blood clot is not addressed as soon as possible. While CBD is being studied for its potential to be a great supplement, always contact your doctor or health care professional before starting or stopping any health supplement. CBD has proven benefits for preventing and stabilizing symptoms in the body; however, if your doctor is not aware of your symptoms, they should be! Also, any sort of smoking can increase risks of deadly blood clots. Most people who are prone to blood clots may prefer edible forms of CBD, although vaporizing CBD has been shown to have less risks than smoking regular plant matter.
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