Blood Clots and Bed Rest

Bed rest may be medically recommended for individuals for a variety of reasons; pregnancy, post-surgical recovery, illness, or injury, even partial or complete paralysis. So if it’s required, how do you go about reducing the risk of blood clots?

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Blood Clots in the Groin

A blood clot that forms in the upper leg vein is called a femoral vein thrombosis. The medical term for a blood clot is thrombus. In most cases, a deep vein thrombosis or blood clot forms in the veins of the calf, the thigh, or the pelvis – all areas where the body’s arteries and veins are at their largest.

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Can Aspirin Prevent a DVT?

You’ve heard of people with prior heart attack history being on low-dose aspirin therapy to prevent another heart attack, so doesn’t the same apply to blood clots? Aspirin therapy is designed to thin the blood, right?

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Causes of Blood Clots

A blood clot is called a thrombus and defines an accumulation of blood that forms into a plug or clot that has the potential to slow blood flow inside a blood vessel. A clot can block blood flow completely. Blood clots can occur anywhere in the body, but most commonly originate in the lower extremities.

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Deep Vein Thrombosis Prevention

Is there a 100% guarantee that by taking preventative measures, you will never experience a deep vein thrombosis (DVT)? Unfortunately, no. However, through prevention and proactive health management, you can drastically reduce the risk.

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DVT Prevention Exercises

While we may not always have control over our bodies, we do have the potential to keep them as healthy as possible. To do so we have to remember one vital component to this theme: Use it or lose it.

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DVT Risk Factors

Are you at an increased risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT?) What exactly is a deep vein thrombosis? At its most basic definition, a DVT is a blood clot or thrombus that forms in a deep vein in the body, most commonly in the lower extremities like the calf or the thigh.

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How do you know if it’s a Deep Vein Thrombosis?

How do you know if you’re dealing with a ‘regular’ blood clot or a deep vein thrombosis (DVT)? You don’t without some diagnostic tests. However, based on location and symptoms, it may be possible for a physician to determine what type of blood clot you’re dealing with and its severity.

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Preventing Blood Clots

No doubt about it, the thought of developing a blood clot is scary. However, preventing blood clots is essential for everyone, whether you’re healthy or dealing with some type of medical condition, post-surgical recovery and rehabilitation, or aging processes.

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Symptoms of a DVT in the Thigh

DVT is an acronym for deep vein thrombosis - also called a thrombus, or a blood clot that forms inside a deep vein. Blood clots have the potential to partially or completely block blood flow. They can also break off from the wall of the vessel and travel through blood vessels back to the lung, where it can cause a pulmonary embolism or PE.

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What is Post-Thrombotic Syndrome?

At its most basic description, post thrombotic syndrome, otherwise known as PTS, is a long-term or chronic condition that can occur in individuals who have experienced a deep vein thrombosis or DVT.

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Phlebitis and DVTs

Phlebitis is a medical term for inflammation of a vein. This condition typically occurs in veins found just beneath the skin’s surface rather than in the deeper veins of the body such as the femoral artery of the groin and thigh.

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Hematomas

A hematoma is defined as a collection of blood outside of a blood vessel following an injury to the vessel. Any injury to a blood vessel can cause bleeding. In such cases, blood often seeps into surrounding tissues.

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Blood Clots and Children

Can children get blood clots? Yes. Blood clots occur whenever a restriction of blood flow occurs in a blood vessel of the body. It doesn’t matter how large or small the blood vessel: clotting is a natural process of plugging and healing an injury to any part of the vessel.

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Can Blood Clots Dissolve on their own?

Blood clotting processes in the body are natural. The body manufactures a number of components involved in the development of blood clots to begin the clotting process. This is essential to stop bleeding when a blood vessel is injured through blunt force trauma, a cut, or other types of injuries.

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Does Alcohol Affect Blood Clotting?

Does alcohol affect blood clotting? If it does, how much does it take? Is it a short-term reaction or can it affect blood clotting processes long-term? Is there a difference in alcohol’s effect on blood clotting depending on the type of alcohol such as wine, beer, or hard liquor?

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How Does Sickle Cell Trait affect Blood Clots?

Sickle cell trait is typically found in African American populations, basically describing a blood clotting condition that is chronically hyperactive in nature. Having the trait for sickle cell places that individual at a doubled risk for the potential of developing a blood clot. Why?

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What are IPC Devices for DVT Prevention?

Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Devices, otherwise known as IPC devices, are the latest generation of products designed to assist in preventing deep vein thrombosis or DVT.

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Is Walking or Exercise good for DVT?

A deep vein thrombosis defines a blood clot that develops deep in a vein, most commonly in the calf, the thigh, and the groin. In many situations, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or other types of blood clots are caused by long periods of immobility - long flights or road trips, or simply lack of exercise.

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How to Prevent Blood Clots in Children

Blood clotting is typically a normal process that occurs in the body following any damage or injury to a blood vessel. In such cases, the body is perfectly capable of forming a mesh-like substance – known as a blood clot – to deal with the situation. The body forms and dissolves the clot on its own.

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Do C-Sections Increase The Risk Of Blood Clots?

A woman scheduled for a C-section has enough on her mind already, doesn’t she? A new baby, a new life, a new list of things to do. Does she also have to worry about an increased risk of blood clot development following a C-section? 

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How Is Someone Tested For Blood Clots?

A definitive diagnosis of the presence of a blood clot can be performed at your doctor’s office or hospital setting. Depending on the suspected location of the blood clot and the type, a physician has a number of options at his or her disposal.

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What Are The Signs Of A Pulmonary Embolism?

Pulmonary embolism defines the sudden blockage of a pulmonary artery inside the lung by an embolus, typically from a blood clot that has an origin somewhere else in the body such as a deep vein thrombosis of the leg. When it comes to defining signs and symptoms of a pulmonary embolism, the distinction in terminology is important.

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Foods that Help Prevent Blood Clots

Blood clots form for a number of reasons: a surgical procedure, obesity, a medical condition, or an injury. Blood thinning and anticoagulation medications are commonly prescribed to prevent blood clots for individuals at risk. 

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Does Aspirin Cause Blood Clots?

Aspirin is an over-the-counter product that’s been used for generations, not only to reduce pain and fever, but for other benefits as well. Does aspirin cause blood clots? No. That doesn’t mean that using it is without risks for some.

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We’ve all felt it – that teeth-grinding muscle spasm in the arch of the foot, the back of the calf, or the back of the thigh (hamstrings). When do you know if that Charlie Horse is more than a muscle cramp? What if you get them often? How can you tell the difference between a Charlie Horse and a possible blot clot?

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Richard Cohen's Story With Blood Clots

A special thank you to Richard M. Cohen for helping the American Blood Clot Association to educate the public about the danger of blood clots. Mr. Cohen has been the recipient of numerous awards in journalism, including three Emmys, a George Foster Peabody and a Cable Ace Award.

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Welcome to American Blood Clot Association

Welcome to the American Blood Clot Association Blog and News Page.
We are going to be doing a lot of exciting things coming up and we can't wait to share them with you.

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