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What can happen if you have deep vein thrombosis?

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If you have a clot in a deep vein, you're at risk for damage to your veins and organs as well as other life-threatening problems. Not everyone who gets deep vein thrombosis (DVT) will have trouble, but there's a decent chance you could be affected. Stick to your DVT treatment plan to help your body break down your clot and keep your blood moving. Ask your doctor what else you can do about these complications.

SOURCES:

American Venous Forum: "Acute Deep Venous Thrombosis and Its Complications."

WebMD Medical Reference from eMedicine: "Deep Venous Thrombosis."

MedlinePlus: "Medical Encyclopedia: Pulmonary Embolus."

NHS Choices: "Deep vein thrombosis - Complications."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on July 11, 2017

SOURCES:

American Venous Forum: "Acute Deep Venous Thrombosis and Its Complications."

WebMD Medical Reference from eMedicine: "Deep Venous Thrombosis."

MedlinePlus: "Medical Encyclopedia: Pulmonary Embolus."

NHS Choices: "Deep vein thrombosis - Complications."

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on July 11, 2017

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