Additional lab work may be done as well, especially when the heart is involved.
Treatment depends on the location, on whether it is superficially located or deep within, and on whether or not there are serious consequences.
Some can be watched and treated with over-the-counter pain relievers as they do not create a threat to the body, while others need radical treatment with blood thinners and even surgery.
Blood clots should not be taken lightly. If you suspect a blood clot after looking at risk factors and symptoms, talk with your health care provider right away. This could be an emergency situation.
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2. Arterial Thrombus Formation in Cardiovascular Disease. Web. 2 January, 2013.
Reviewed January 2, 2013
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith