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Are atheroscleratic blood clots considered to be embolic?

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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Surgery - Vascular
3 doctors agree

In brief: Could be

Atherosclerotic plaque are not caused by embolus themselves but they can cause emboli distal to them or downstream. This is most of the time noticed in carotid artery disease and some cases of unstable angina.

In brief: Could be

Atherosclerotic plaque are not caused by embolus themselves but they can cause emboli distal to them or downstream. This is most of the time noticed in carotid artery disease and some cases of unstable angina.
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Dr. Robert Cuff
Surgery - Vascular
1 doctor agrees

In brief: If they travel

An embolism can be arterial or venous blood clot, atheroma (plaque) , air, fluid or debris.
An embolus refers to one of these items travelling from one portion of the vascular system to another. The direction it travels an where it ends up depends on where it started and the direction of the bloodflow it is in. This is similar to leaves in a river- the embolism will go with the direction of flow.

In brief: If they travel

An embolism can be arterial or venous blood clot, atheroma (plaque) , air, fluid or debris.
An embolus refers to one of these items travelling from one portion of the vascular system to another. The direction it travels an where it ends up depends on where it started and the direction of the bloodflow it is in. This is similar to leaves in a river- the embolism will go with the direction of flow.
Dr. Robert Cuff
Dr. Robert Cuff
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