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How does blood clot?

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A blood clot starts when tiny bits in your blood called stick to each other and the walls of your blood vessels. It usually happens after your skin or blood vessel wall gets broken. Proteins in your blood called clotting factors set off a chemical reaction that makes clot get bigger and tougher.

SOURCES:

Merck Manual: "How Blood Clots."

World Federation of Hemophilia: "The clotting process."

American Stroke Association: "Anti-Clotting Agents Explained."

Lipe, B. , Oct. 4, 2011. Circulation

Furie, B. , 2008. New England Journal of Medicine

Hoffman, R. , 5th edition, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2009. Hematology: Basic Principles and Practice

Fiumara, K. , 2009. Circulation

Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on January 20, 2020

SOURCES:

Merck Manual: "How Blood Clots."

World Federation of Hemophilia: "The clotting process."

American Stroke Association: "Anti-Clotting Agents Explained."

Lipe, B. , Oct. 4, 2011. Circulation

Furie, B. , 2008. New England Journal of Medicine

Hoffman, R. , 5th edition, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2009. Hematology: Basic Principles and Practice

Fiumara, K. , 2009. Circulation

Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on January 20, 2020

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