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The truth about Blood Clots


With Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton recently hospitalized, there's been quite a bit of talk about blood clots in the brain.

Doctors say Secretary Clinton got hers after she suffered a concussion, but brain trauma isn't the only cause.

"I was really scared, it's definitely life threatening," said Arcovio.

Katie Arcovio says her scare began with chronic fatigue and an excruciating headache.

"At first I laid down and didn't really do anything, over time it got worse and worse," said Arcovio.

Katie eventually decided to go to the emergency room.

An MRI revealed multiple blood clots in her brain.

"I remember the first thing I said to my mom was am I going to die, because it is very serious," said Arcovio.

Doctors told Katie the clots formed as a result of her taking birth control pills.

Dr. Jodi Dodds, a neurologist with Presbyterian Neurology Center says only 2 percent of the population experiences blood clots in the brain.

She says childbirth and birth control can raise your estrogen levels and increase your risk of blood clots.

"I probably see one or two patients every quarter that are post partum that end up with a clot like the one that Hillary Clinton has," said Dr. Dodds.

Clinton was diagnosed with the same condition over the weekend. Doctors say her clot was brought on by a concussion and dehydration.

Dr. Dodds says symptoms can include headache, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, blurred vision and numbness.

An untreated clot can lead to a stroke, brain hemorrhage or even death.

"If you get any of those symptoms and you've never had that before with a headache you should definitely see a doctor and have that investigated, " said Dr. Dodds.

Doctors treated Katie with blood thinners for months. Today, she's feeling better and she has this advice.

"I would definitely go to the doctor, it's nothing to mess around with," said Arcovio.



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