Owners' Blog

Would You Know if Mom Had a Blood Clot?

By Hilary and Greg Eldridge

When a person injures themselves, blood clots to help seal the injury and prevent too much blood loss. Afterward, the blood clot naturally dissolves. That kind of blood clot is, of course, a good thing. However, sometimes blood clots form and don’t dissolve. It can happen anywhere in the body and lead to serious medical problems. The symptoms of a blood clot depend on where in the body it occurs. Below are some common places a blood clot may happen, and the symptoms and older adult may experience.

Arms or Legs

A blood clot that happens deep in a limb is called a deep vein thrombosis, or DVT. A person is at greatest risk for a DVT when they don’t move around much, such as after a surgery. Some signs of a DVT are:

  • Swelling: The entire arm or leg may swell, or it may swell only in the area of the clot.
  • Color Change: The limb may look red or blue. The skin may also feel warm or itchy.
  • Pain: The limb may start to feel sore or hurt, feeling like a dull ache or a severe pain.
  • Leg Cramps: When a clot occurs in the calf of the leg, it can feel like a cramp.


Clots in the lungs usually happen when a blood clot that formed in an arm or leg broke off and moved into the lungs. This can cause:

  • Trouble breathing or shortness of breath.
  • Chest pain.
  • Coughing.
  • Sweating.
  • Dizziness.


Sometimes clots form in the blood vessels that carry blood away from the intestines. Symptoms of this kind of clot include:

  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Belly pain that may feel worse after eating.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Bloody stools.
  • Bloating feeling.


A blood clot that develops in the kidneys can prevent waste from being removed from the body. The result can be high blood pressure or even kidney failure. Symptoms of a clot in the kidneys are:

  • Pain that occurs in the side of the bell, thighs, or legs.
  • Blood in urine.
  • Fever.
  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Swelling in the leg that is severe and comes on suddenly.
  • Difficulty breathing.

Senior care can watch for signs of a blood clot in your aging relative and report them to family caregivers. If emergency assistance is needed, a senior care provider can call 911. If the older adult is diagnosed with a blood clot, a senior care provider can help them to follow the doctor’s advice for treatment, such as by reminding them to take medications.


If you or an aging loved one is considering hiring senior care in Lawrenceville, GA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers, call (678) 430-8511.