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How can you tell if a blood clot is forming in your brain?

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Blood clots here may be caused by fatty deposits in the walls of the blood vessels that bring blood to your brain. Or sometimes, they may form because of a blow to your head that leads to a concussion. In other cases, a clot that starts out in a different part of your body, like your chest or neck, might enter your bloodstream and travel to your brain, where it can cause a stroke. Watch out for these symptoms:

  • Problems with your vision or speech
  • A seizure
  • General feeling of weakness

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Causes Excessive Blood Clotting?" "What Causes Pulmonary Embolism?"

American Heart Association: "Understand Your Risk for Excessive Blood Clotting," "Ischemic Strokes (Clots)."

University of Colorado Health: "Mesenteric venous thrombosis."

Society for Vascular Surgery: "Renovascular Conditions."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 5, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Causes Excessive Blood Clotting?" "What Causes Pulmonary Embolism?"

American Heart Association: "Understand Your Risk for Excessive Blood Clotting," "Ischemic Strokes (Clots)."

University of Colorado Health: "Mesenteric venous thrombosis."

Society for Vascular Surgery: "Renovascular Conditions."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 5, 2018

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