Don’t be another statistic. Every year, millions are diagnosed with blood clots. As awareness grows, it’s also important to understand what are blood clots as well as important terms associated with understanding blood clots.
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.
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:
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)
Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot that forms in a major vein of your body, most commonly in your legs.
PE (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.
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 blood thinner or anticoagulant is a prescription medication that prevents coagulation(clotting) of blood.
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