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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


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Blood clots in the legs, how can I prevent?

Blood clots in the legs, how can I prevent?

Stay active: Inactivity is a major risk factor for blood clots in the legs. Also, recent surgery, especially any kind that will make you immobile for a while is a common cause. Usually, surgeons will give medicine to prevent a clot, like heparin. Certain medicines like estrogen in birth control pills also can cause clots. If going on a trip, make sure to get up every hour or so and move the legs. ...Read more

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Are there vitamins that will prevent or cure blood clots in the legs?

No: There are no vitamins or natural therapeutics that will prevent or cure blood clots. Dvt's or blood clots in the leg are a serious condition and could lead to death if improperly treated. The only medications that help are the blood thinners like Coumadin (warfarin) and Lovenox (low molecular weight heparin). ...Read more

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8 hour drive to Texas. How often should I stop to stretch legs and prevent risk of blood clot?

8 hour drive to Texas. How often should I stop to stretch legs and prevent risk of blood clot?

Every two hours: You should take a break every two hours or more often. Drink enough water so that you urine is watery and you need to pee in about two hours. ...Read more

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Will compression stockings prevent signs and symptoms of a blood clot in the leg?

No, probably not: While compressions stockings should help in the prevention of venous blood clots, their use should not hide or mask the signs and symptoms of a clot if one forms. ...Read more

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I don't exercise like I should.How to avoid getting blood clots in legs?

I don't exercise like I should.How to avoid getting blood clots in legs?

You don't have to: Exercise(to prevent blood clots) but at least make the effort to get up and about, every hour. You can also utilize seated calf raises to help pump blood out of your legs. ...Read more

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Would like to have explanation of blood clots in legs signs and symptoms of pe?

Would like to have explanation of blood clots in legs signs and symptoms of pe?

Dvt!: Blood clots in legs can be due to obesity, trauma, sitting for a long time such as in a plane, etc the pathophysiology is due to damage to inner lining of the vein, stasis of blood, and clothing of that blood. If the blood clot breaks off it can travel top the lungs and cause block age of a vein which will prevent the exchange of oxygen and can lead to difficulty breathing and death. ...Read more

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What are some signs of having blood clots in legs?

What are some signs of having blood clots in legs?

Swelling: The most common is swelling but pain and discomfort can also be a sign of dvt. The most important thing to remember is that if you have any concerns about having a DVT then you should have an ultrasound. ...Read more

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Can blood clots in legs be successfully cured?

Can blood clots in legs be successfully cured?

With proper treatmen: Get medical attention immediately. Usually involved elevation, rest anfd blood thinning medication, followed by regular monitoring and exercise. ...Read more

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