Table of Contents
- Blood clot facts
- What are blood clots? What does a blood clot look like?
- What causes blood clots (blood clots in veins or arteries)?
- What causes blood clots (blood clots in the heart, leaking, and other causes)?
- What are the risk factors for blood clots?
- What types of conditions are caused by blood clots (DVT and pulmonary embolism)?
- What types of conditions are caused by blood clots (AFib, atrial thrombosis, and others)?
- What are the symptoms of blood clots?
- How are blood clots diagnosed?
- What tests are used to diagnose blood clots?
- What is the treatment for blood clots?
- What are the complications of blood clots?
- How can blood clots be prevented?
Blood clot facts
- A blood clot is a mass formed by platelets and fibrin in the blood to stop bleeding.
- There are a variety of risk factors and illness that can lead to blood clot formation.
- Causes of blood clots may include:
- Symptoms of blood clots depend on their location in the body. Some blood clots produce no symptoms until they rupture or become dislocated and travel through the circulatory system to other sites.
- Signs of a blood clot depend on their location in the body. Blood clots can cause heart attack or stroke; or pain, swelling, redness and tenderness in the area of the clot.
- The diagnosis is suggested by the history and physical examination and often confirmed with an imaging test.
- Treatment may require surgery, anti-coagulation medications, or a combination of the two.
- Prevention of blood clots involves attention to the risk factors for vascular disease.
- Serious complications can arise from blood clots, and individuals should seek medical care if they believe they may have a blood clot.
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