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.
Transient Ischemic Attack (Mini-Stroke) A transient ischemic attack (TIA), or mini-stroke are often a warning sign of a future stroke. There are several causes of TIAs including blood clots, occluded arteries, leaking blood vessels due to high blood pressure. The symptoms of a TIA depend on the particular region of the brain that is affected. Neurologic deficits, speech and vision problems, and confusion are common symptoms. Treatment initially is urgent. If you or someone you know is having a TIA call 911 or activate your local EMS system.
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