Friday, November 14, 2008

Director's Comments: Deep Vein Thrombosis

Listen to the NLM Director's Comments on deep vein thrombosis. The transcript is also available.

The U.S. Surgeon General recently urged more Americans to be aware of (and help prevent) deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms. Deep vein thrombosis (or DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in a large vein. In serious cases, the clot sometimes breaks off and travels in the bloodstream to your lungs, which causes a pulmonary embolism. If a lung artery becomes blocked, this damages the lungs, prevents other organs from obtaining needed oxygen, and can cause death...


[Source: What's New on MedlinePlus]

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