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If I have polycythemia vera will I get blood clots?

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Blood clots don’t happen to everyone who has polycythemia vera. They’re more likely if you’re older than 60 or have already had a blood clot or similar complication. Work with your doctor to get a sense of your risk and how to lower it. If a clot gets loose and travels through a blood vessel, it can move into your lung and get stuck. This is a pulmonary embolism, and it’s an emergency. A clot also can lodge in your brain and cause a stroke. Or it can block a blood vessel in your heart and cause a heart attack.

SOURCES:

American College of Gastroenterology: "Peptic Ulcer Disease."

Cancer Care: "Managing Symptoms of Polycythemia Vera (PV)."

Khan, F. Anaesthesia, Pain & Intensive Care, 2012.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: "Myelofibrosis Facts."

Medscape: "Polycythemia Vera Clinical Presentation," "Polycythemia Vera Treatment & Management."

MPN Research Foundation: "What is Primary Myelofibrosis (MF)?"

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Polycythemia Vera Treated?" "What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Polycythemia Vera?"

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Questions and Answers About Gout."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Polycythemia Vera."

News release, FDA.

Patrono, C. Blood, 2013.

The Myeloproliferative Disorders Research Consortium: "FAQ: About Polycythemia Vera."

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics: "Polycythemia Vera."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 19, 2020

SOURCES:

American College of Gastroenterology: "Peptic Ulcer Disease."

Cancer Care: "Managing Symptoms of Polycythemia Vera (PV)."

Khan, F. Anaesthesia, Pain & Intensive Care, 2012.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: "Myelofibrosis Facts."

Medscape: "Polycythemia Vera Clinical Presentation," "Polycythemia Vera Treatment & Management."

MPN Research Foundation: "What is Primary Myelofibrosis (MF)?"

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Polycythemia Vera Treated?" "What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Polycythemia Vera?"

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Questions and Answers About Gout."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Polycythemia Vera."

News release, FDA.

Patrono, C. Blood, 2013.

The Myeloproliferative Disorders Research Consortium: "FAQ: About Polycythemia Vera."

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics: "Polycythemia Vera."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 19, 2020

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