Blood Clots Topic Guide
Blood Clots: Blood is supposed to clot to help repair a blood vessel that is injured. Clots or thrombi become a problem when they form inappropriately. There are a variety of illnesses and risk factors that can lead to blood clot formation such as atrial fibrillation, heart attack, strokes, transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and more. Diagnosis and treatment of blood clots depends on the cause and severity of the clot.
DVT (Blood Clot in the Leg, Deep Vein Thrombosis)
Deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in the leg, DVT) is a blood clot imbedded in one of the major veins of the lower body, including the legs, thighs, or pelvis. Disease and conditions that put you at risk of DVT are many, and include:
Symptoms of DVT include:
Treatment for a blood clot in the leg include:
You can prevent a blood clot in the leg by moving around during prolonged
periods of immobility, taking your medicine as your doctor has prescribed,
getting up and moving as soon as possible after surgery or an illness (this
lowers your chances of getting DVT), and exercising your leg muscles during long
trips (particularly the lower leg muscles).
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