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How fast can a DVT in the calf area travel to the lung if broken off?
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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Within seconds
A clot can travel in the large veins of the legs up the vena cava and into the right heart and out to the lungs in a matter of seconds.

In brief: Within seconds
A clot can travel in the large veins of the legs up the vena cava and into the right heart and out to the lungs in a matter of seconds.
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Dr. Danny Proffitt
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2 doctors agree
In brief: 2 seconds
Once a clot is free in the vein, it will travel immediately to the lung.

In brief: 2 seconds
Once a clot is free in the vein, it will travel immediately to the lung.
Dr. Stephen Saponaro
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Dr. Andris Kazmers
Surgery - Vascular
In brief: DVT
Can be very rapid.
It is not rare for there to be clot in the lung already at the time DVT is diagnosed. Anticoagulation reduces the chance that it will happen or recur.

In brief: DVT
Can be very rapid.
It is not rare for there to be clot in the lung already at the time DVT is diagnosed. Anticoagulation reduces the chance that it will happen or recur.
Dr. Andris Kazmers
Dr. Andris Kazmers
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