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Why are blood clots important?

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You need your blood to clot when you’re cut or injured. It helps stop bleeding. Most of the time, your body breaks down the clot after your wound has healed. Sometimes, howver, they don’t dissolve on their own. Other times, clots form inside your blood vessels for no reason. When this happens, it can lead to serious health problems.

Blood clots can be stationary. That means they don’t move -- and can block blood flow. Doctors call this type of clot a thrombosis.

Blood clots can also break loose. Doctors call these embolisms. They’re dangerous because they can travel to other parts of the body.

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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