Blood clots occur when an injury causes a collection of plasma and other bodily fluids to form, blocking the flow of blood throughout the body. When this specifically happens within the veins and arteries, it is called an arterial blood clot. These clots end up blocking oxygen being delivered to the heart and other vital organs, causing potentially fatal consequences such as a heart attack or stroke. Some of the symptoms associated with arterial blockages include: discoloration, tingling, and muscle weakness.
- If your arms or legs feel cold to the touch, this could be a sign of an arterial clot.
- An area with a venous clot is likely to be sore, red, painful, and swollen.
- Foods rich in vitamin C, vitamin E and omega 3 fatty acids are among those that may serve as natural blood thinners.
“These jelly-like masses of blood form after a bodily injury, to prevent excessive bleeding. Platelets and proteins in the plasma work together to form a clot in the injured area. Typically the body dissolves the clot after the injury has healed.”