May 27, 2016

Blood Clots

What are the complications of blood clots?

  • Blood clots prevent proper circulation of blood.
  • Deep vein thrombosis of the leg or arm may cause permanent damage to the veins themselves and cause persistent swelling of the extremity (post-phlebitis syndrome). The life-threatening issue that may arise from deep vein clots in the arm or leg is that they may break off and embolize to the lungs (pulmonary embolus), causing problems with lung function and oxygenation of the blood.
  • Arterial thrombus often is a life- or limb threatening event, since organs and cells do not get enough oxygen when cut off from their oxygen supply. Continue Reading
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Reviewed on 4/27/2016
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