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- Blood clot facts
- What are blood clots? What does a blood clot look like?
- What causes blood clots?
- What causes blood clots? (Continued)
- What are the risk factors for blood clots?
- What types of conditions are caused by blood clots?
- What types of conditions are caused by blood clots? (Continued)
- What are the symptoms of blood clots?
- How are blood clots diagnosed?
- How are blood clots diagnosed? (Continued)
- What is the treatment for blood clots?
- What are the complications of blood clots?
- How can blood clots be prevented?
Blood clot facts
- Blood clots form when blood fails to circulate adequately.
- Arterial thrombi form when a plaque ruptures and promotes an acute clot formation.
- Venous thrombosis occurs when prolonged immobilization allows blood to pool in an extremity and then 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 a blood clot exists.
Reviewed on 7/10/2014