- Jan 12, 2012
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I don't know this one but probably yes.
And still, blood clots itself are a different topic for me...
My father got a stroke at the age of 30. Reason? A blood clot. The doctors couldn't believe it because there were absolutely no risk factors for that in his body or lifestyle. I never had the chance to see my father in full health and I'll never see him, for example, run or jump. Considering that I was raised by a narcissistic, alcoholic mother, I'd say there are multiple factors for me not to laugh at the concept of blood clot.
But of course you didn't know that and you had all the reason to assume otherwise, so no problem and no reason to react to this. I still hope I didn't offend you with it, it wasn't my purpose.
Without going into extensive detail, I work in the medical device field, specifically in Interventional Cardiology and Vascular Access. Regarding blood clots, something I usually recommend people ask their doctors about is getting a thrombectomy, which is a non-invasive surgery where they make a small incision on the leg or arm and run a catheter up through your artery to the clotted area and remove it with suction and saline. I used to be the guy that tested each and every single units to make sure the input/output pressure was in spec. I'm just bringing this up because sometimes patients aren't always aware of the options out thereI've had a pulmonary embolism myself - not the most fun you can have on a weekend, but it managed to break up without killing me. I just thought I was having an anxiety attack coz I couldn't breathe. The paramedics didn't even want to take me into hospital so I stuck it out at home and went for a scan a week later. That's when they found it.
I'm a high risk for many reasons for a blood clot somewhere in my body. I just won't live in fear of it happening. Everyone's different.
CT: so far so good with the holiday at the end of the month - so long as there are no government u-turns, I'll be sitting on a beach complaining about the sun, sand and seagulls like any other self-respecting Brit.