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I had a negative d-dimer, but still have pain in my leg. Should I request more testing to check for blood clot or is d-dimer enough?

I had a negative  d-dimer, but still have pain in my leg. Should  I request  more testing to check for blood clot or is d-dimer enough?

D-dimer enough: A negative d-dimer test is good evidence that you are unlikely to have a clot. It does not settle the issue of why you have pain and that would require an in-person examination. ...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


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Blood clots about 7 years ago DVT and PE. Recent problems with legs doppler on both neg - should I ask for additional testing? Still worried.

Blood clots about 7 years ago DVT and PE.  Recent problems with legs doppler on both neg - should I ask for additional testing?  Still worried.

Unclear: If your dopplers are negative then you are probably fine but I am not sure what you mean by "recent problems." If you develop shortness of breath or one sided leg swelling address this immediately. ...Read more

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Who should be tested for high risk of having blood clots?

Who should be tested for high risk of having blood clots?

Family or personal: History of clots. I would screen young girls who are considering birth control if there is a family history of clots, as birth control will increase clotting risk. Some parents want their children screened because they have some detected abnormality. I would screen anyone who has had a clot in their leg or lungs. ...Read more

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blood clots in legst

blood clots in legst

DVT: 20yo is kinda young to have blood clots in legs but it's not that rare either, especially in those w/genetic risks eg thrombophilia, taking estrogen-based birth control, have had recent major surgery or traveled extensively w/o much movement eg transoceanic flight. Deep venous thrombosis (DVT) can loosen & move to lungs where they're deadly eg pulmonary embolism. Go to ER immediately for treatment ...Read more

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What does blood clots mean?

What does blood clots mean?

"Blocked Pipes": Blood contains proteins which cause the blood to congeal when outside of blood vessels. This can be life-saving following trauma but can be life-threatening if the clotting mechanism is activated inside a blood vessel, leading to the obstruction of flow to the brain (stroke), heart muscles (mi), or lungs (pulmonary emboli), to name a few. Rx hinges on opening the blockage asap+/-blood thinners. ...Read more

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How can blood clots dissolve?

How can blood clots dissolve?

Blood clot removal: Blood clots in general are removed naturally from the body. The body has a system of clotting as well as a system to prevent too much clotting. Whenever a clot is formed in the body over time the body will naturally reabsorb it. Sometimes doctors give medication to prevent the blood from being able to clot easily. ...Read more

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What case blood clots to form?

What case blood clots to form?

Thrombus: I trust you mean clots forming in blood vessels, called thrombi. Alteration in or more the following three things causes thrombus formation. 1. Alteration in blood flow, 2. Damage to the lining of blood vessel, called endothelium and 3. Increased coagulability of blood. The reference below provided professional explanation. http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMra0801082 ...Read more

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How do blood clots usually form?

How do blood clots usually form?

Blood clot causes: We doctors are taught to remember virchow's triad: blood vessel injury, stasis, and hypercoagulability. The first refers to things like surgery and catheters, the second to slow blood flow due to immobility or compression on a blood vessel, and last to things that make the clotting system more active like birth control pills and hereditary disorders that make the blood more likely to clot. ...Read more

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Are blood clots normal on a pill?

Are blood clots normal on a pill?

No: I assume that you mean to ask if it is normal to develop blood clots when taking oral contraceptive pills (ocp). The risk of developing blood clots (deep vein thrombosis, coronary artery thrombosis) is slightly increased in persosn taking ocp, however, this is not normal. The risks are particularly increased in patients with acquired or genetic clotting tendencies. ...Read more

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What can be done for blood clots?

What can be done for blood clots?

Prescription medicin: Blood clots are dangerous and a physician should be seen immediately. If the clot is in the leg a doppler test can confirm it and a physician will prescribe meds to thin the blood and help prevent it from going to the lungs. Initially you should not be active because you do not want to dislodge it and cause it to travel in your bloodstream. Blood thinners will be taken for at least 3 months. ...Read more

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What can cause large blood clots?

What can cause large blood clots?

Blood: Large amount of blood will cause large clots. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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What causes abnormal blood clots?

What causes abnormal blood clots?

Multiple conditions: Genetic deficiencies, inmobilization, hormones, bedridden condition for what ever cause mostly in sick hospitalized patients as well as any surgery & others. ...Read more

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What are some causes of blood clots?

What are some causes of blood clots?

Go to WebMD: Your question is to broad for this forum. We only have 400 characters. Visit webmd. ...Read more

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How can blood clots develop in the body?

How can blood clots develop in the body?

Coagulation: Blood clotting is a process called coagulation that prevents excessive bleeding when blood vessels injured. Platelet (a type of blood cell) and proteins in plasma (the liquid part of blood) work together to form a clot over the injury. Typically, body will naturally dissolve the blood clot after the injury has healed. ...Read more

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Does frequently flying cause blood clots?

Maybe: Travel thrombosis is a well-recognised problem ...Dehydration, limited movement and a stting postion all contribute to slow blood flow which leads to blood being made more coagulabel...Drinking fluids, wearing compression hose, leg exercises and walking during flight all contribute to preventing this problem. ...Read more

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