Blood Clot (Thrombus)
- Q What is deep vein thrombosis, and how can it cause pulmonary embolism?
Deep vein thrombosis is a condition where a blood clot develops deep in the body, most often in the leg. About 90 percent of all pulmonary embolisms are caused by deep vein thromboses. When the blood clot breaks loose, it can travel through the... Full Answer
- Q What is deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition in which blood clots form in the interior veins of your body, usually those in the legs. These blood clots result when blood stops flowing freely through your veins back to your heart, often a result of... Full Answer
- Q What is a pulmonary embolism?
Pulmonary embolism occurs when an artery that leads to the lung (pulmonary artery) is obstructed by foreign material in the blood stream (emboli). It is usually caused by a blood clot that can travel to the lungs from any part of the body, but can also... Full Answer
- Q How are blood clots formed?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, CardiologyA blood clot, also known as a thrombus, is formed when particles in your blood combine to form a solid piece of matter. A blood clot usually consists of platelets, fibrin, and other components. They usually form for your benefit -- to stop... Full Answer
- Q What increases my risk for pulmonary embolism?
Your biggest risk factor for pulmonary embolism is your risk of developing blood clots, which cause pulmonary embolism in 9 out of 10 cases. Your risk of developing clots increases if: You have a condition called deep vein thrombosis (a blood clot in... Full Answer
- Q Can deep vein thrombosis be prevented?
The first step in managing DVT is to follow your treatment plan, which will probably include taking anticoagulants regularly for at least three to six months and visiting your doctor for checkups. Getting up and walking around or flexing and stretching... Full Answer
- Q How is deep vein thrombosis diagnosed?
If visible symptoms are present, your doctor will conduct a physical exam, inspecting the affected area by sight and touch. If you have risk factors for DVT, but no visible symptoms (which occurs in about 50 percent of people with DVT), your doctor may... Full Answer