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Can deep vein thrombosis or embolus kill you?

Can deep vein thrombosis or embolus kill you?

DVT: A deep vein thrombosis usually arises from the veins in the leg. If a fragment or the entire clot dislodges, it can travel to the right side of the heart, either blocking blood flow in the heart or the clot can travel the pulmonary artery to the lungs, where it can block the flow of blood to the entire lung or a portion thereof. The phenomenon of embolism to heart or lungs can be fatal. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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Deep Venous Thrombosis (Definition)

Deep vein thrombosis means a blood clot in the deeper veins of the affected extremity. The deeper veins of the major functional veins that returned blood flow back towards the heart. Having a blood clot in a deep vein is a serious issue and needs to be treated with anticoagulation therapy to prevent the possibility of a blood clot traveling ...Read more


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Superfical thrombophlebitis or dvt-- can you die from it?

Superfical thrombophlebitis or dvt-- can you die from it?

No and Yes: Superficial thrombophlebitis is not a dangerous problem, and is rarely serious, and essentially never fatal. Dvt, or deep vein thrombosis, on the other hand, is a very serious condition, and can lead to what is known as pulmonary embolus, where a piece of clot breaks off and travels through the heart to the lungs. In this circumstance it is very dangerous, and can be fatal. ...Read more

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What is deep vein thrombosis? How can a clot kill you?

What is deep vein thrombosis? How can a clot kill you?

Blockage in a vein: Clot or "solid blood" occurs when proteins change within the liquid blood. It can occur in the venous and/or the arterial circulation. Arterial clots can cause death by blocking vital arteries in the heart and or brain. Venous clots can cause death when they are large enough and travel to the lungs, as a pulmonary embolus, blocking the blood flow through the lungs. ...Read more

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What can cause a deep vein thrombosis?

What can cause a deep vein thrombosis?

Several things: Dvt occurs when virchow's triad is satisfied: hemodynamic abnormality (stasis, turbulence) endothelial damage, and hypercoagulability (abnormality in blood due to malignancy, increased risk in clot formation). Family history (thrombophilia), surgery, trauma, dehydration, prolonged bed rest, congestive heart failure, kidney problems are risk factors. ...Read more

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What can cause the disease deep vein thrombosis (dvt)?

What can cause the disease deep vein thrombosis (dvt)?

Many factors: There are many factor which cause dvts: dehydration, stasis of the blood in the legs, smoking, trauma, family associated hereditary disease (thrombophilia), injuries, inactivity including hospital stays, long flights without activity, obesity. Certain surgical procedures can also predispose a person to DVT as well. I recommend you to speak to your physician if you are concerned. ...Read more

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Can you get deep vein thrombosis from hitting your leg hard?

Yes: Dvt is generally thought to be due to 3 things-venous stasis, vein wall trauma and hypercoagulable state. Stasis is due to immobility, wall trauma can be due to irritation such as from a catheter, compression or even external trauma and hyper coagulable state can be due to tumor or certain clotting disorders. A minor injury will not cause a clot but a significant injury can. ...Read more

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Could a deep vein thrombosis travel through the heart to lungs or straight to lungs?

Could a deep vein thrombosis travel through the heart to lungs or straight to lungs?

Embolus: For a clot to get to the lungs from the peripheral venous system, it has to travel through the vena cava into the right side of the heart. There is no direct route to the lungs which bypasses the right atrium and right ventricle unless the person has a rare congenital anomaly of the venous system. ...Read more

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If i had pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis, would i know it or are they "silent killers"?

If i had pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis, would i know it or are they "silent killers"?

Need evaluation: Dvt is characterized usually by unilateral leg swelling either from the calf down or thigh down depending on the localization of the clot. Associated symptoms are pain and tenderness in the leg and sometimes increased heat. Pulmonary embolism is usually associated with shortness of breath or fatigue. A venous ultrasound, d-dimer blood test and , chest ct would be the indicated tests. ...Read more

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Can you please discuss deep vein thrombosis and varicocele?

Can you please discuss deep vein thrombosis and varicocele?

Clot in deep veins: Dvt means deep vein thrombosis or clot in deep veins. Varicocele is dilatation of veins of testes called pampiniform plexus. The two conditions are mutually exclusive. ...Read more

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Can thrombolysis be used for deep vein thrombosis?

Yes: Currently, most protocols for the treatment of DVT do not include thrombolysis unless the clot is very extensive. ...Read more

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Why don't people in comas develop deep vein thrombosis (dvt) and then die of a pulmonary embolism?

Why don't people in comas develop deep vein thrombosis (dvt) and then die of a pulmonary embolism?

No movement: Yes, people in Comas do develop deep venous thrombosis. In order for a pulmonary embolism to developed. The patient needs to get up and move which causes the DVT to transfer from the legs of the lungs. If the patient doesn't get up, the DVT won't move, the PE will not develop ...Read more

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How to tell if it's deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism? What are the major differences?

How to tell if it's deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism? What are the major differences?

Can be the same: In some patients a DVT leads to pe. In other patient they have one or the other. A DVT is a clot in the deep veins such as the legs, or veins in the pelvis with associated swelling of the legs. A pe is clot in the pulmonary artery in the lung and could be associated with chest pain, shortness of breath, passing out as well as coughing or wheezing. ...Read more

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Can deep vein thrombosis be related to a foot sprain?

Can deep vein thrombosis be related to a foot sprain?

DVT/FOOT SPRAIN: There are many causes for DVT but all causes revolve around 3 factors: stasis of blood, injury to the vessel wall or increased propensity to clot(hypercoagulabe state). A foot sprain should not cause a DVT or have any relationship to it unless the sprain is treated by casting or prolonged immobilization . In this particular case, then stasis could lead to clotting. ...Read more

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How to differentiate bruise with deep vein thrombosis?

How to differentiate bruise with deep vein thrombosis?

Big Difference.: A bruise is usually the result of trauma which disrupts the blood vessels resulting in these vessels bleeding usually under the skin to cause a black and blue appearance. This is self limiting and will disappear over time. A DVT is a clot in a deep vein and is usually diagnosed by an ultrasound. Dvt could be dangerous and requires treatment with blood thinners for anywhere from months to years. ...Read more

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Can trauma to the scrotum cause deep vein thrombosis?

Can trauma to the scrotum cause deep vein thrombosis?

Scrotum trauma: Trauma to the scrotum is more likely to can severe pain or damage to the testicles that a dvt. Hope that helped. ...Read more

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How can you treat deep vein thrombosis of the lower leg?

Anticoagulation: Traditionally with Heparin followed by Coumadin (warfarin) for six months. Depending on specific site and extent there can be options. See a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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What can you do to tell gout from deep vein thrombosis?

Toe vs leg: Gout affects joints mostly the great toe on the foot, causing pain swelling and redness.Deep vein thrombosis cause leg pain , sometimes swelling rarely redness and mostly in the calf. Dvt is cause by a clot in the deep veins so there may more prominent veins. ...Read more

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Can mycoplasma pneumoniae cause pulmonary embolism and/or deep vein thrombosis? If so, how do doctors treat these issues?

Can mycoplasma pneumoniae cause pulmonary embolism and/or deep vein thrombosis?  If so, how do doctors treat these issues?

No: If you are bed ridden while sick, then it is possible to get deep vein thrombosis (dvt). This would normally be treated with anticoagulants such as Heparin or warfarin (coumadin). ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Embolus (Definition)

Usually a blood clot that migrates from one area of the body to another. Most commonly a clot from a leg vein to the lung . It can also pertain to a clot, or atheromatous material that moves from one segment to another, such as cholesterol material in a carotid lesion moving into the ...Read more


Blood Clot (Definition)

A blood clot or thrombus is the final step of the coagulation cascade. It is a good thing when your body is trying to stop blood loss, however a blood clot can form in the veins after prolonged periods of immobility. This type of like ...Read more