Overview of Blood Clots

Our bodies are designed to form blood clots, so if we are cut, we can stop bleeding. But blood clots can be dangerous if they form in an artery and stay there. If the artery is blocked by the clot, blood and oxygen can't move to the affected area and tissues can die. For example, blood clots can cause (or complicate) the following conditions:

Tests and Treatments for Blood Clots

Blood clots are typically diagnosed as part of another condition, such as a stroke, heart attack, or peripheral artery disease. Medications, such as anticoagulants ("blood thinners") are often used to treat blood clots.

  • Peripheral Vascular Studies

    A peripheral vascular study (PVS) is an ultrasound exam that screens for problems in the vessels of the abdomen, head, neck, legs, and arms.

  • Peripheral Angiogram

    Peripheral angiograms are diagnostic studies that map the blood vessels in the legs and lower body.

  • Medications

    Blood thinning medications (also called anticoagulants and platelet inhibitors) cause your blood to take longer to clot, which can reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks that can occur when blood clots get stuck in small blood vessels.

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