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How can a blood clot become fatal?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The body has a love-hate relationship with blood clots. They keep you from bleeding too long, but they can be dangerous if they form in the wrong locations. One type of rare clot known as a central venous thrombus has the potential of backing up vital blood flow in the brain, like a car accident on the highway blocks traffic. This blocked blood flow could trigger a life-threatening brain hemorrhage or stroke.

A blood clot only needs to travel a short distance to change your life forever. Every year, 60,000 people die from pulmonary embolism, a blood clot that travels from one’s legs, also known as deep vein thrombosis, to the lungs. A blood clot can trigger a potentially fatal heart attack or stroke. Sometimes, a deadly clot doesn’t have to travel at all. It can clog the long system of pipes that make up your circulatory system -- sometimes in deadly locations.
This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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