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What are the long-term effects of blood clots?

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Sometimes a clot can leave behind scars and other damage that can cause problems.

Almost half of people who get a DVT may end up with post-thrombotic syndrome. That’s where swelling, pain, or skin color changes last much longer. You also may get sores called ulcers.

About 4 in 100 people with a pulmonary embolism have long-term lung damage known as pulmonary hypertension. This means you have high blood pressure in your lungs, which can lead to issues like shortness of breath, tiredness, and chest pain.

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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