Clotting is the body’s first response to plug any blood leaks in a cut or other injury – a vital response that is healthy and protective. However, clots can also form in arteries and dislodge into the bloodstream – potentially creating serious, life-threatening situations.
Blood clots can cause heart attacks, where the heart has its blood supply cut – and strokes when the brain loses blood supply. Clots that form in veins can cause deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.
Research shows that 50 percent of all blood clots in the vein happen during or soon after a hospital stay or surgery. Make sure you follow your doctor’s directions on physical activity to avoid dangerous blood clots.
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