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What are signs and symptoms of a blood clot?
Signs and symptoms of a blood clot depend upon the situation, the amount of bleeding, and the location of the blood clot. Many times, the clot itself may cause no symptoms until it embolizes and becomes lodged in small blood vessels at distant sites in the body. The effects of the lack of blood supply to an affected organ will determine the symptoms.
How do blood clots form?
Blood flows through the body in a continuous loop. Blood is pumped through the body by the heart, but that same blood returns back to the heart both by gravity and by the muscles of the arms and legs contracting and squeezing, or milking, the blood back to the heart. If blood becomes stagnant, it may clot and cause potential life-threatening conditions.
The medical term for a blood clot is a thrombus (plural: thrombi). An embolus refers to the situation in which the clot breaks away from its original location and travels through the bloodstream to another location.
There are four potential outcomes regarding a blood clot. It will either
Blood clots that increase in size or embolize may cause limb (arm, leg) or life threatening conditions.
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