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Clotting

Blood clotting tests are essential in determining the presence of blood clotting disorders and management of people on blood thinners. Get tested. Take control of your health.

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STATISTICS

1 in 5

People with cancer develop blood clots.

1 in 4

People worldwide die from conditions related to blood clots.

200,000

Nigerians die from thrombosis every year.

The formation of blood clots is an important part of the body’s response to any injury that causes bleeding.

It stops bleeding and is also important in the healing process. Several protein molecules, most of which are produced in the liver, cells, especially platelets,  and Vitamins (especially K), are required to be present in the right amounts for clotting to occur normally. 

There are several disease conditions that could result in or are associated with a reduction in the body’s ability to form clots and result in excessive bleeding (haemorrhage) or an increase in clotting activity which causes clots to obstruct blood flow (thrombosis).

A reduction in the body’s ability to form clots may be characterised by

  • Easy bruising
  • Bleeding gums
  • Heavy bleeding from small cuts or dental work
  • Unexplained nosebleeds
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Bleeding into joints
  • Excessive bleeding following surgery

The symptoms of an increase in the body’s ability to form clots is determined by where the clots lodge in the body, for example:

  • Brain: Weakness or paralysis on one or both sides of your body, slurring speech, inability to move one side of your face and headache.
  • Heart: Chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness, fast or irregular heartbeat, heart palpitations (feeling your own heartbeat) and passing out.
  • Lungs: Wheezing or sudden problems breathing, pain in your chest, coughing blood, fingertips or lips that are pale or blue-tinted and passing out.
  • Lower limbs: Pain in the calf or elsewhere in the leg, as well as swelling or redness. However, blood clots in your leg can sometimes have relatively minor symptoms and may just feel like a pulled muscle.
  • Kidneys: Blood in your urine, reduced urination,  and pain in your lower back on either side of your spine.

Factors that increase your risk of developing a blood clot

Obesity

Immobility (including prolonged inactivity)

Pregnancy

Smoking

Oral contraceptives

Certain cancers

Diabetes

Trauma

Certain surgeries

Age (increased risk for people over age 60)

A family history of blood clots

Chronic inflammatory diseases

High cholesterol

High Blood pressure

Common blood clotting disorders:

  1. Genetic disease
    These include conditions where a person inherits a reduced or loss of the ability to produce the proteins that are essential for coagulation. Such diseases include Haemophilia and von Willebrand disease.
  2. Liver disease
    Diseases that result in the liver’s inability to produce coagulation-related proteins.
  3. Vitamin K deficiency
    This is especially common in breastfed babies but may also occur in adults.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are still unsure about this test, here are some questions that we usually get asked.

Still need answers?

What is deep vein thrombosis?

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot (thrombus) forms in one or more of the deep veins in the body, usually in the legs. DVT can cause leg pain or swelling. Sometimes there are no noticeable symptoms.

What is a pulmonary embolism?

An embolus is a clot that forms in one part of the body and then travels in the blood to another part of the body to cause a blood vessel blockage. Pulmonary embolism (PE) occurs when the final destination of a travelling clot is a blood vessel in the lungs. Very frequently, pulmonary emboli originate from clots formed in the leg’s deep veins (DVT).

Are blood clots preventable?

Blood clots are among the most preventable types of blood conditions. There are several ways to decrease your chances of developing a blood clot by adopting appropriate lifestyle patterns. Talk with your doctor if you think you may be at risk because of genetic or behavioural factors. Also, make sure your doctor is aware of all the medications you are taking and any family history of blood clotting disorders.

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