A 35-year-old member asked:
what happens if you get a blood clot in the leg (vein), can it cause a stroke (artery)?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Bennett Machanic answered
51 years experience Neurology
Maybe: If you have thrombophlebitis, a clot could go directly to the lung causing a life threatening pulmonary embolism. But if there is a congenital hole within the heart, such as patent foramen ovale, the embolism can be paroxysmal and go to brain, causing a stroke. Anti-coagulation can be protective in these circumstances.
Answered on Jul 24, 2014
Dr. Michael Schwartz answered
32 years experience Vascular Surgery
Rare: In rare cases, there is a communication between the right and left side of the heart allowing a clot from a vein to enter into the arterial circulation called a paradoxical embolism.
Answered on Oct 24, 2017
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