PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What is venous thromboembolism (VTE)?

ANSWER

Your blood's ability to clot helps keep you alive. Without it, every shaving nick and paper cut could turn into a medical emergency.

But clotting can be a serious problem when it happens where it shouldn't, like in your veins, where a clot can cut off your blood flow. That's called a venous thromboembolism (VTE). VTEs are dangerous, but they're treatable -- and there's a lot you can do to lower the odds you'll get one.

From: Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "What Is Venous Thromboembolism?" "Prevention and Treatment of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)" "Symptoms and Diagnosis of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lungs) (The Basics)," "Patient education: Deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the legs) (The Basics)."

Cleveland Clinic: "Venous Thromboembolism (Deep Venous Thrombosis & Pulmonary Embolism)."

World Thrombosis Day: "Know VTE."

Mayo Clinic: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "DVT Prevention: Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Devices."

NHS Choices: "Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis."

Medscape: “Management of Upper Extremity Deep-Vein Thrombosis Reviewed.”

Lab Tests Online: “D-dimer.”

National Blood Clot Alliance: “How is PE Diagnosed? Understanding PE Diagnosis.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 30, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "What Is Venous Thromboembolism?" "Prevention and Treatment of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)" "Symptoms and Diagnosis of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lungs) (The Basics)," "Patient education: Deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the legs) (The Basics)."

Cleveland Clinic: "Venous Thromboembolism (Deep Venous Thrombosis & Pulmonary Embolism)."

World Thrombosis Day: "Know VTE."

Mayo Clinic: "Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "DVT Prevention: Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Devices."

NHS Choices: "Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis."

Medscape: “Management of Upper Extremity Deep-Vein Thrombosis Reviewed.”

Lab Tests Online: “D-dimer.”

National Blood Clot Alliance: “How is PE Diagnosed? Understanding PE Diagnosis.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 30, 2018

NEXT QUESTION:

What are the symptoms of pulmonary embolism (PE)?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.