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What are arterial clots?

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As the name would indicate, arterial clots form in your arteries -- the blood vessels that carry blood away from your heart.

Arterial clots block blood and oxygen from reaching your vital organs. They can lead to tissue damage.

Often, they occur in your legs and feet. Sometimes, they happen in your brain, where they can lead to stroke. They could also form in your heart, where they can cause a heart attack.

Arterial clots can also take root in your kidneys, intestines, or eyes, though this is rare.

From: Types of Blood Clots WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: “Arterial Embolism.”

American Society of Hematology: “Blood Clots.”

Merck Manual: “Superficial Venous Thrombosis.”

National Health Service (UK): “Deep Vein Thrombosis.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 10, 2018

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: “Arterial Embolism.”

American Society of Hematology: “Blood Clots.”

Merck Manual: “Superficial Venous Thrombosis.”

National Health Service (UK): “Deep Vein Thrombosis.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 10, 2018

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