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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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Deep Venous Thrombosis (Definition)

Deep venous thrombosis is a clot within the deep veins of the leg. The blood clot causes pain and swelling of the calf. This is a concerning condition, because if the clot breaks loose, it can travel to the lung and become lodged there, blocking blood ...Read more


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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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Can you get deep vein thrombosis from a thigh lift? I have clotting issues. Do I have to worry about developing deep vein thrombosis after a thigh lift? .

Can you get deep vein thrombosis from a thigh lift? I have clotting issues. Do I have to worry about developing deep vein thrombosis after a thigh lift?

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If : If your clotting disorder causes you to form clots easily, you are probably on a blood thinner (aspirin or coumaden, etc). You will want to discuss this at length with your surgeon. If you are immobile for a period of time, your risk of clotting increases. Good luck. ...Read more

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Before suffer of deep vein thrombosis clot behind knee.but advice on running & exercise needed?

Before suffer of deep vein thrombosis clot behind knee.but advice on running & exercise needed?

If treated: If your new dvt is being treated with blood thinners running and exercise is allowed after treatment begins for a few days. If the clot is older there is no reason you can't participate in running and exercise. While you're on blood thinners be careful not to participate in contact sports. ...Read more

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Deep vein thrombosis ultrasound shows clot in leg so what are options?

Deep vein thrombosis ultrasound shows clot in leg so what are options?

Acute ?: If it is acute DVT then typically anticoagulantion like heparin/coumadin . Please refer to this link http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001209/. ...Read more

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Is a deep vein thrombosis rare after child birth or any other sort of blood clots ?

Is a deep vein thrombosis rare after child birth or any other sort of blood clots ?

Unclear question: Pregnancy an post-partum period are risk factors for deep vein thrombosis. You may consult this site for information on this topic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/deep-vein-thrombosis/basics/definition/CON-20031922 ...Read more

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Had deep vein thrombosis and blood clot in leg veins. Should I be worried?

Had deep vein thrombosis and blood clot in leg veins. Should I be worried?

Yes - w/o treatment: Dvt can break free from your deep veins, travel through your bloodstream, and lodge in your lungs. This clot can block blood flow in your lungs, which can strain your heart and lungs. This pulmonary embolism is a medical emergency. Dvt can also lead to chronic vein problems and swelling treatment with blood thinners is very effective in reducing risk. Compression stocking also recommended. ...Read more

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I'm a 29 year old female & pretty healthy overall. Taking birth control for 5 years- what's the risk of deep vein thrombosis or serious blood clot?

I'm a 29 year old female & pretty healthy overall. Taking birth control for 5 years- what's the risk of deep vein thrombosis or serious blood clot?

Depends: The risk with birth control pills is higher than without, but much lower than the risk with pregnancy. The risk is higher in overweight women and those who smoke. A small number with a genetic mutation have excessive risk. Regular exercise will reduce the risk. See this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/sex/birth-control/tc/hormonal-birth-control-risk-of-blood-clots-topic-overview ...Read more

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What's considered the best way to help prevent me from getting deep vein thrombosis or blood clots in the legs when i get older?

What's considered the best way to help prevent me from getting deep vein thrombosis or blood clots in the legs when i get older?

Routine Activity: Routine exercise and activity will help to prevent stasis of the blood in the leg veins, one of the predisposing factors for dvt. See your primary doctor for routine yearly exam, and if you have a family history or risk factor history, further testing may be recommended. Varicose veins, swelling can be helpful external signs of venous insufficiency which can be associated with dvt. ...Read more

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Can a normal ultrasound of legs show deep vein thrombosis,blood clot..?

Can a normal ultrasound of legs show deep vein thrombosis,blood clot..?

Yes: This is the usual method that blood clots are demonstrated, whether they be deep thromboses or superficial thromboses. ...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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Veins (Definition)

Veins are thin walled vessels that carry deoxygenated blood ...Read more