Signs & Symptoms of a Blood Clot

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What is a Blood Clot?

To understand if you are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing blood clots, it’s important to first understand the answer to, “what is a blood clot?” A blood clot is a gel-like clump or mass of blood that forms when platelets, proteins, and cells stick together.

Want to know more? Read our informational articles covering blood clot causes, types of blood clots, and blood clot prevention.

Blood Clot Terms To Know

There are many terms associated with blood clots including DVT, pulmonary embolism, INR. Our goal is to help you better understand what these terms are.

Below is the American Blood Clot Association’s list of terms to know:

Thrombosis

It is the formation of a blood clot inside a blood vessel, obstructing the flow of blood through the circulatory system.

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Also known as DVT. Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot that forms in a major vein of your body, most commonly in your legs.

Pulmonary Embolism

A pulmonary embolism is a blockage of the main artery of the lung or one of its branches by a clot that has traveled+ from elsewhere in the body through the bloodstream. When a clot breaks off from its point of origin(DVT) and travels to the lungs, preventing blood flow, it is called a pulmonary embolism.

International Normalized Ratio

Also known as INR. This test is used to determine the clotting tendency of blood. Doctors will order this test when a patient is taking Warfarin(Coumadin). The INR test is ordered to ensure that the Warfarin is producing the desired blood thinning effect.

Blood Thinner or Anticoagulant

A blood thinner or anticoagulant is a prescription medication that prevents coagulation(clotting) of blood.

Blood Clots Kill….Know The Signs…..Know The Symptoms. 

 

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