How serious a condition are blood clots in the legs?

Can be very serious. I am assuming the blood clot in the leg is in the vein. Also known as a deep venous thrombosis (dvt). A DVT in a worse case scenario can be life threatening and/or limb threatening. Another less severe type of blood clot in the leg could be in the superficial venous thrombosis (svt). In order to better answer your question can you give me more details about the clots in the leg?

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How serious are blood clots in the legs or thighs?

Very serious. A blood clot in the leg has the potential to break free and float up to the right side of the heart, and into one of the lungs. This is potentially fatal. The risk is a lot higher if the clot is in the deep veins of the thigh, and less if it is in the calf. Superficial vein clots are not dangerous. If you have a clot in the deep vein of the thigh, you'll need blood thinning drugs like coumadin (warfarin). Read more...

What can I do if my friend's mother has blood clots in her legs. Is it serious?

Very serious problem. Blood clots in the deep venous system of your legs are potentilly fatal if they move to your lungs.Superficial vein clots are not usually as dangerous normally causing local problems only. Read more...

I have severe edema in my legs and feet. Standard tests were done to check pulses and blood clots. All normal. What could be causing it?

Depends . It appears the ruled out lower extremity vascular obstruction. Is the edema worse when you stand for long? Renal diseases, liver disease and congestive heart failure especially if associated with dypsnea on exertion are some diseases to consider. Read more...

My husband has factor v lieden and we are wondering if there is any new treatments for this condition? Blood clots the full length od both legs, seems to be herereditary.

You . You are correct about the hereditary nature of factor 5 leiden. People can be homozygous (two chromosomes) or heterozygous (one chromosome) for the condition, and both the risk of clotting and the treatment differ depending upon the genetic pattern. In general, treatment is limited to blood thinners, but the type, the level of therapy, and the duration of therapy all depend on the genetics and the pattern of clot development. It can be a tough disease to treat, so if your husband has not seen a hematologist, he should. If you are thinking about starting a family, you might also want to meet with a genetic counselor to discuss the risk of passing this condition on to your kids. If his blood clots are new, and if he was not on blood thinners when they formed, there might be a role for dissolving them with a medication called tpa (alteplase). You might want to ask his doctor about that option. Read more...