Blood Clots

The American Blood Clot Association's list of terms to know:

dreamstimemedium_21050121.jpgThrombosis
It is the formation of a blood clot inside a blood vessel, obstructing the flow of blood through the circulatory system.

DVT ( Deep Vein Thrombosis)
It is a blood clot that forms in a major vein of your body, most commonly in your legs.

PE (Pulmonary Embolism)
It is a blockage of the main artery of the lung or one of its branches by a clot that has travelled 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.

INR (International Normalized Ratio)
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 prescription medication that prevents coagulation(clotting) of blood.

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

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