Being obese makes you more likely than people of normal weight to get a blood clot deep in a vein.
The primary danger of this deep-vein thrombosis, or DVT, is that the clot, usually in the leg, can dislodge and travel to the lungs, causing a serious blockage known as a pulmonary embolism, or PE.
This test may be used to check your risk of a blood clot in a lung
(pulmonary embolism) after you stop taking
anticoagulants. The test can help your doctor decide if you should not take
anticoagulants anymore or if you should start taking them again.
A low d-dimer test result may mean that a deep vein thrombosis or
pulmonary embolism is less likely. A high d-dimer test result may not always be
caused by a blood clot in the leg or lung.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Jeffrey S. Ginsberg, MD - Hematology
January 5, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 05, 2010
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