Deep Vein Thrombosis: Why Are Blood Clots Dangerous?

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as 900,000 Americans are affected by deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), and up to 100,000 die from these conditions every year.” These conditions are dangerous, and may sometimes develop without warning. DVT is the formation of a blood clot in the deep veins in the body, and a pulmonary embolism is a serious–sometimes fatal–complication of DVT when the clot travels to the lungs. Read here to learn more about common risk factors and symptoms of DVT and PE.

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