Understanding Blood Clots
A blood clot in one of the large veins, usually in a person’s leg or arm, is called a deep vein thrombosis or DVT. When a blood clot like this forms, it can partly or completely block the flow of blood or blood circulation in the body. If this clot is not treated, it can move or break off and travel to the lungs. A blood clot in the lung is called a pulmonary embolism or PE, and can cause death and requires immediate medical attention.
Know your Risk Factors
Blood clots do not discriminate by age, gender, ethnicity or race.
Blood clots affect everyone: From infants and young children to teens and senior citizens too.
Across the country and around the globe. Elite athletes, public servants, musicians, doctors, nurses, business associates, and people from all walks of life are affected.
You can protect yourself against life-threatening blood clots if you know your risk factors.
List of blood clot risk factors
The first and most important thing you can do to protect yourself from a life-threatening blood clot is to learn if you are at risk.
To the right is a list of some of the most common risk factors for blood clots.
Click on the icon below and you can download and print this checklist, and then discuss your potential risk factors with your doctor or healthcare provider.
Am I at risk for a blood clot?
Blood Clot Risk Factors
Know the Signs and Symptoms of Blood Clots
If you experience any of the following signs or symptoms…
Blood Clots in Your Leg or Arm
call your doctor as soon as you can.
– Swelling of your leg or arm –
– Pain or tenderness not caused by an injury –
– Skin that is warm to the touch –
– Redness of the skin –
Blood Clots in Your Lungs
seek medical attention immediately.
– Difficulty breathing –
– Chest pain that worsens with a deep breath –
– Coughing, or coughing up blood –
– Faster than normal or irregular heartbeat –
Blood clots can be safely treated.
Blood Clots can be prevented
The Best Ways to Prevent Blood Clots Include:
Stop The Clot, Spread The Word™
The National Blood Clot Alliance and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are working on this important public health campaign to get the word out about blood clot risks and the signs and symptoms of blood clots.
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1 Source: Calculation based on 100,000 deaths per year, The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism, 2008