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How do blood clots dissolve?

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When you get a cut, your blood changes from a free-flowing liquid into a clump of gel -- that’s a clot -- to stop the bleeding. That’s like if a hose could patch itself after it springs a leak.

It’s a complicated process where platelets, a type of blood cell, and lots of different proteins all jump in at just the right time to plug things up.

As the wound heals, your body has another process to break them down. If a clot forms when it’s not supposed to -- inside a blood vessel, for example -- you might need a little help to make that happen.

From: How Do Blood Clots Dissolve? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Blood Clots,” “Blood Clots in Surface Veins Often Treated with Self-care Techniques,” “Pulmonary Hypertension.”

American Society of Hematology: “Blood Clots.”

University of Southern California, Atherosclerosis Research Unit: “What is fibrinolysis?”

CDC: “Venous Thromboembolism (Blood Clots).”

American College of Physicians: “What You Should Know About Blood Clots.”

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association: “Anti-Clotting Agents Explained.”

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: “About Blood Clots and How to Treat Them.”

National Blood Clot Alliance: “Unfractionated Heparin (UFH),” “Warfarin,” “Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs),” “Blood Clot Treatment and Recovery,” “Blood Clot FAQs – Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism Follow Up Care.”

Medscape: “Thrombolytic Therapy.”

Clot Connect: “FAQ: When will my clot and pain go away?” “FAQ: When can I resume physical activities?”

NHS, St. George’s Healthcare: “Haematology: Pulmonary Embolus.”

Circulation : “Postthrombotic Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 25, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Blood Clots,” “Blood Clots in Surface Veins Often Treated with Self-care Techniques,” “Pulmonary Hypertension.”

American Society of Hematology: “Blood Clots.”

University of Southern California, Atherosclerosis Research Unit: “What is fibrinolysis?”

CDC: “Venous Thromboembolism (Blood Clots).”

American College of Physicians: “What You Should Know About Blood Clots.”

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association: “Anti-Clotting Agents Explained.”

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: “About Blood Clots and How to Treat Them.”

National Blood Clot Alliance: “Unfractionated Heparin (UFH),” “Warfarin,” “Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs),” “Blood Clot Treatment and Recovery,” “Blood Clot FAQs – Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism Follow Up Care.”

Medscape: “Thrombolytic Therapy.”

Clot Connect: “FAQ: When will my clot and pain go away?” “FAQ: When can I resume physical activities?”

NHS, St. George’s Healthcare: “Haematology: Pulmonary Embolus.”

Circulation : “Postthrombotic Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 25, 2018

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