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pulmonary embolism

Heart & Blood Vessels
October 27, 2017

What exactly is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)?

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in a “deep” vein. These are veins that travel deep in the body and are usually surrounded by muscle. DVT is a serious condition which can lead to pulmonary embolism. This happens when a blood clot in a deep vein breaks off and travels to the lungs – which can be life-threatening. Blood clots in superficial veins (which are close to the skin) don’t travel to the lungs, so there’s no risk of pulmonary embolism. Where Does DVT Happen? Deep Vein Thrombosis usually occurs in the legs and pelvis, but it can…
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